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Infection risk in patient transfers Dan Danaher

THE Health Service Executive (HSE) has been asked to conduct an urgent review of all infection-control procedures, to reduce the risk of cross-contamination from the transfer of vulnerable elderly Clare patients from acute hospitals to nursing homes. The call was made this week by HSE West Forum member, Councillor Brian Meaney, in the wake of public concern about the deaths of six elderly people at a Donegal private nursing home from influenza A (H3) over a 10-day period. He queried the extent of screening for viruses and bacterial infections of elderly patients being transferred from Ennis Hospital and the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick to public and private nursing homes throughout the county. The HSE confirmed screening protocols are in place for specific alert organisms, while public nursing homes in Clare have comprehensive infection control policies in place around training, surveillance and audit. The Green Party councillor said it is vital that any patient who contracts any hospitalacquired infection, such as the winter vomiting bug and C-Diff, should be fully screened and isolated before being discharged to reduce the risk of reintroducing infections to nursing homes. He said it is vital that infection-control measures adopted by the HSE are constantly under review because a new virulent infection “only had to be lucky once” to spread, while infection control measures “had to be successful all the time” to be effective. “It is disturbing that so many elderly patients died from a respiratory illness in a nursing home. We need ongoing reviews of all infection-control measures and other practices to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases,” he said. He said all the necessary measures must be put in place to ensure people’s lives are not put at risk. However, his concern is not shared by Minister of State at the Department of Health, Deputy Kathleen Lynch, who believes there is not a lot of evidence of cross-contamination of patients and insists what happened in Donegal is a different issue concerning the spread of a ’flu. “We all carry the MRSA bug somewhere on us, whether it is on our nasal passage or on our throat. But that doesn’t mean we give it to anyone. It is not as if elderly people are in the habit of going around hugging each other or anything.

“A ’flu is very easily spread by coughing or sneezing. It is not the same or has no connection in relation to cross-contamination. Before a patient from a nursing home gets to a hospital, they will have a blood and urine test. “The only hospital-acquired infection is MRSA. If it is through an open wound, they will not be released from hospital until this is sorted out,” she said. Minister Lynch stated she is happy with the stringent inspections of nursing homes in Clare operated by HIQA to the highest standards. However, she admitted health authorities should have known about the difficulties in Donegal much earlier and advised all public and private nursing home operators in Clare to contact the Department of Health if anything untoward or above the norm happened, so as to get help. In an official response, Mid-West Region Hospitals Group chief executive officer, Ann Doherty, acknowledged not all patients in all hospitals are screened for all alert organisms. Ms Doherty stated the microbiology service is centralised in the HSE Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Dooradoyle, Microbiology/Serology Lab, which provides a 24/7, out-of-hours service for emergency/urgent samples. “With respect to healthcare-associated infections and screening in respect to alert organisms, such as MRSA, VRE, CRE, KPC, ESBL etc, these specific infections are processed according to national and local guidelines. Specific screening protocols are in place for specific alert organisms,” she stated. The Mid-West HSE confirmed there have been no reports of any such illness in HSE older persons’ premises in Clare in recent weeks. The authority stated all public and private nursing homes must notify any outbreaks of disease to its public health department and the HSE. “The public nursing homes in Clare have comprehensive infection-control policies in place around training, surveillance and audit. An infection control nurse specialist is in place in Clare for the past 11 years. All HSE premises in Clare access this service,” the authority stated. There are four public nursing homes – Ennistymon Community Nursing Unit, Raheen Community Nursing Unit, Regina House Community Nursing Unit and St Joseph’s Community Hospital. Private nursing homes include Cahercalla Community Hospital, Carrigoran House Nursing Home, Kilrush District Hospital, Kilrush Nursing Home, St Theresa’s Nursing Home, St Dominic Savio Nursing Home, Lakes Nursing Home, Ennis Nursing Home, Athlunkard Nursing Home and Riverdale House Nursing Home.

■ Girl power: Kilfenora Boxing Club members, who are through to the All-Ireland Championships in April and May at The National Stadium. Club members will take to the ring at The Falls Hotel, Ennistymon on Saturday night to raise money for TLC4CF. For more, see Section 2, page 23. Photograph by John Kelly

Old guard bat for Shannon Airport Owen Ryan TWO former senior executives at Shannon have claimed the airport would still be financially robust if it received a rightful share of Aer Rianta International (ARI) profits and proper compensation for a Government requirement to stay open 24/7, something they believe costs Shannon up to €4 million a year. Michael Guerin is a former airport general manager, while he also served as operations manager and worked in marketing the airport for technical stops. Michael Hanrahan is a former head of finance at Shannon, was involved in the early days of Aer Rianta In-

ternational, was general manager of Shannon Duty Free and held responsibility for several commercial operations at the airport. Both were at a function in the Oakwood Arms Hotel last Friday, where they attempted to make their points to Transport Minister Leo Varadkar, although he wasn’t particularly receptive. They were back at the Oakwood last Tuesday to explain some of their views to The Clare Champion. Mr Guerin said there is a significant flaw in the Booz Report. “While it says Shannon is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it fails to understand the reasoning for that. That is because of an international commitment given by the Government over many years that Shannon will remain

open for diversions on the Atlantic. “There is a rule that twin-engined aircraft must be within two hours of an airport in the event of an emergency. It’s a very expensive situation for any airport to remain open 24 hours. There’s no other airport in Ireland open 24 hours. They all close at night time. We tried to close Shannon one time at night and we were informed that it couldn’t be done because of the international commitment. “At the other side of the Atlantic, Gander Airport is in a similar situation, in that it’s open 24/7. This airport fills the role for diversions on that side of the Atlantic but it has little or no traffic. The Canadian Government has funded the cost of it. On this side of the Atlantic, there seems to be an impression that terminal traf-

fic will cover the cost for Shannon but that isn’t on.” He said when he was involved, Shannon could cope without compensation for staying open around the clock but can’t be expected to do so now. “We were lucky enough that we had a balance of traffic. We had the technical landings, we also had some charter flights and Shannon had a stopover on the transatlantic. Thirdly, it had a certain amount of traffic to Europe and to London. Another factor we had then was crew training. “We had various airlines here for that but that business is gone. The transit traffic is down to military refuelling and that will probably cease next year. ● CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

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GARDAÍ are warning people to be cautious about allowing strangers into their homes after two complaints in recent weeks. They are investigating two alleged incidents in North Clare where a person claimed to be a garda detective in order to gain entry into private homes. “There has been a complaint in the last week and there was a complaint a number of weeks ago where people called to the door pretending to be members of the gardaí. The person claimed to be a detective, dressed

in plain clothes. These incidents may be connected,” said Inspector John O’Sullivan. “We are warning people to be cautious, particularly in light of what has gone on in recent weeks in relation to the household charge where there were claims that people would be going from door to door to collect it. “That has been knocked on the head but it wouldn’t necessarily stop an unscrupulous person trying it,” Inspector O’Sullivan stated. The inspector said they always advise people to look for identification from anyone calling to the door. “If you are not happy, don’t let the person in. The onus is on the person calling to have

suitable and satisfactory identification. “People living on their own should be especially wary because people involved in that kind of activity would target their potential victims, so they are less likely to call to where a person is in the company of others or younger people, who might be more alert to the dangers,” he continued. “If the person calling to the door is a garda, then they would be only too happy to display their identification. All gardaí are obliged to carry an identification card, which has a photograph and the garda crest on it, as well as a signature, which is that of the Garda Commissioner,” he concluded.

Eight Kilkee councillors stay motionless Peter O’Connell ALTHOUGH none of the nine Kilkee Town Councillors favour disbanding their own local authority, eight of them couldn’t manage to think of a single motion between them for Monday’s meeting. This was a repeat of what happened at the January meeting. The only councillor who managed to place a motion on the agenda for the April meeting, and in January, was Councillor Claire Haugh. One of her three motions on Monday proposed that Kilkee Town Council, along with other councils, establish a cross-party working group to oppose any Government move to get rid of town councils. “I think it’s important that our own town council here in Kilkee is retained,” Councillor Haugh said. “We should make a lot more noise about it. We are the voice of the town.”

■ Councillor Claire Haugh.

While Councillor Haugh’s motion was unanimously supported, she was the lone councillor to place a motion on the agenda, despite the fact that meetings are held just once a month. Councillor Lily Marrinan focused on the expenses claimed by local TDs, although she didn’t name names. “They’d want to have a look at their own expenses.

They should have to produce a receipt the same as the rest of us at work,” she said. Councillor Paddy Collins said the nine town councillors are superb value for money. “We’re only costing the State €3 a day,” he revealed. Speaking to The Clare Champion on Tuesday, Councillor Claire Haugh acknowledged that, ideally, councillors should raise pertinent issues at meetings. “The onus is on us to have something on the agenda every month, if possible. Maybe it isn’t possible for the nine of us to have something in every month. It’s a small town but you have issues cropping up. I think it’s important to have discussions around something pertaining to our town. We can then pass the message on to the county council, councillors and TDs or ministers,” the Fianna Fáil councillor commented. “At the January meeting of our town council, I was the only one that had something on the agenda for that meeting as well. That does happen

occasionally and it happened again on Monday night. “As I said, it’s important to get the views of the people of Kilkee, look around us and see what needs to be done around the town. We should try and get that on the agenda, get a debate on and try and improve the area for the people who elected us,” she suggested. Other items that made the agenda prepared by Kilkee town clerk John Corry for Monday’s meeting included updates on the Cliff Walk, a presentation from Clare ISPCA dog warden Frankie Coote, the Kilkee beach lighting project and a presentation to fifth and sixthclass pupils from Scoil Realt na Mara. The meeting in Kilkee Library started at 8pm and concluded at 10.30pm. CC April 6, 2012


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Clare Inn goes on the market The hotel was previously owned by the Lynch group. The hotel has been successfully operated by Dalata Hotel Group for the last year on a short-term management contract. The freehold property, excluding the 32 privately owned suites, has been put up for sale by private treaty. According to Mr Barrett, “Clare Inn Hotel is a significant property with fantastic facilities and great opportunities to continue building the

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Mr Hanrahan is adamant Shannon hasn’t been receiving its rightful share of profits from the sale of ARI assets, nor from ARI’s profits, even though it was developed by Shannon executives, including himself. “While the books are showing a depreciation charge of about €4m a year for outstanding capital costs or whatever, what about Aer Rianta International (ARI), which has been driven by Shannon? The top executives of ARI were in Shannon for 23 years, including the head of finance, HR and business developments. Certainly, the chief executive of ARI was going through the chief executive in the company in Dublin, who would go through the board but at the same time, the Shannon-based business team went out and got the business,” he commented. While Shannon’s debt is rumoured to be in the region of €100m, he said this would have been entirely eliminated if the airport had received its rightful share of the monies raised from the sale of ARI assets. He also denied ARI’s success was due to subsidies from Dublin. “It started off first with about a IR£1m. There was no loan because Shannon was making surpluses throughout the ’80s. It was very viable and doing very well. After a while, it developed at Moscow, St Petersburg and various places and those surpluses allowed Aer Rianta invest in Birmingham Airport in about 1996. They put Stg£30m into it from the surpluses. I’ve checked this with various people who were in the know and the interest in Birmingham was kept for 10 years. Then it was sold for about Stg£210m. Where did that go to? Why didn’t they clear this so-called €100m debt they’re talking about? “Then, on another aside, Aer Rianta,

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GAMING AND LOTTERIES ACT 1956, Section 15 Application for CertiďŹ cate District Court Area of Ennis District No. 12 Colm Kearney - Applicant TAKE NOTICE that the above named Applicant of Chapel Lane, Ennis in the County of Clare will apply to the Court sitting at the Courthouse, Ennis, County Clare on the 25th day of April 2012 at 10.30am for a CertiďŹ cate under Section 15 of the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956 (No. 2 of 1956), authorising the issue of a Licence permitting gaming at an amusement hall or funfair namely the premises known as Lady Luck, Chapel Lane, Ennis in the County of Clare in the said Court Area between the hours of 9am and 2am each day of the week from the 26th day of April 2012 to the 25th of April 2013 (one year). The number and kinds of games proposed to be carried on are forty (40) gaming machines. And FURTHER NOTICE that the Applicant will rely on the following matters in support of that Application: 1. The Applicant is not disqualiďŹ ed by Section 8 of the said Act from the promotion of gaming under Section 6 or Section 7 thereof; 2. The other forms of amusement to be provided are internet access / video type video machines; Dated this 21st day of March 2012

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NEWS ASD units approved for Spanish Point Dan Dananher TEENAGERS with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in West Clare can look forward to receiving second level education reasonably near their homes when two purpose-built ASD units are constructed at St Joseph’s Secondary School, Spanish Point. The units, which have been approved by the Department of Education, will be purpose-built to meet the needs of children with ASD now nearing the end of their primary schooling. Currently, the county is served by dedicated ASD units in St Flannan’s National School, Inagh; St Senan’s NS, Kilrush and Broadford National School, with other children attending either mainstream primary

or special schools in Ennis. Secondary school pupils in Mid-Clare can access the special unit in St Joseph’s Secondary School, Tulla. A number of teenagers with ASD from West Clare are being transported to a special school in Ennis to meet their education requirements, which has been described as unsatisfactory. The new development in Spanish Point will allow for the integration of pupils with autism and the milder variant Asperger’s with mainstream education. Welcoming the development, principal Mary Crawford says the children will now be able to avail of appropriate education and services in their local communities. In addition to visiting a new ASD unit in Ard Scoil CBS in Clonmel, St Joseph’s

Ms Crawford has been in contact with the University of Birmingham, England, which provides upskilling courses for teachers as part of her extensive research. She has also received support from her sister, Dr Susan Crawford, who is a lecturer in sports studies and physical education in the School of Education at UCC. It is expected the two-classroom suite will cater for up to 12 pupils with ASD and will include a central activities space, multi-sensory room and para-educational room with daily living skills. A two-room suite would need three teachers and four Special Needs Assistants. Initial indications suggest six pupils with ASD will apply to enrol in the school in 2013, with another six expected in 2014.

■ There will be something for all ages at the Carrigoran fifth annual Spring Fair on April 15. Launching the day were Lena Hanrahan, Feakle; Sandy Landrock, Jonas Landrock and Bo-Bo the Clown of HT Promotions in Shannon, who will be providing entertainment, watched by Gray Makoni, food services manager at Carrigoran and Photograph by John Kelly Aineis Brock, director of fundraising at Carrigoran House.

NEWS IN BRIEF Vessel detained A SPANISH fishing vessel was detained by the Irish Naval service off the coast of Clare on Wednesday evening in connection with an alleged breach of technical fishing regulations. It is understood the boat was escorted by the LE Róisín to Castletownbere, Cork and was due to arrive there on Thursday morning, where gardaí will conduct an investigation.

Fighting for TLC4CF FIGHTERS from Kilfenora Boxing Club will take part in a boxing tournament with a difference this weekend at The Falls Hotel, Ennistymon. Organisers are promising a night of glitz, glamour, drama and live entertainment followed by a disco with money raised going to cystic fibrosis charity TLC4CF. Juvenile boxers take to the

canvas at 6pm on Easter Saturday night with seniors stepping into the ring at 8pm. Further information is available from Robert on 087 2414099 or Aisling on 087 9212530.

Rail services resume GARDAÍ are investigating an incident at the weekend in which a vehicle struck the rail bridge crossing one of Gort’s main streets. Train services were stopped after the incident on George’s Street on Saturday. Following repairs, normal rail services between Gort and Ennis resumed on Monday. A spokesperson for Iarnród Éireann on Sunday described the damage to the bridge as “significant”. Services resumed on Monday when the 17:30hrs Galway-Limerick service and 18:05hrs Limerick-Galway services both crossed the bridge.

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Gari Voices the positives Owen Ryan DESPITE giving one of his best performances, Clare’s Gari Deegan made his exit from The Voice of Ireland last Sunday night. The Shannon man finished in the bottom two following his performance of Stevie Wonder’s Lately. Mentor Bressie opted to save Kiera Byrne, instead of Gari. Speaking to The Clare Champion on Wednesday, Gari acknowledged he was disappointed to go out, but had enjoyed his time on the show. “It was disappointing because I had such a good performance on the night. I dreaded being in the two but when I was, I thought Bressie might save me. If I’m being honest, I was a bit surprised because she had been there before but he picked her.” While he was disappointed,

he said he had enjoyed working with Bressie. “We all went out together afterwards and himself and myself went away on our own for half an hour and he said he loved my voice and he wanted to work in the studio, so we’re going to do a couple of songs in Windmill Lane Studios. Universal are still interested too and you have to take the positives out of it.” He got a lot of publicity out the show. “I was delighted with the exposure and the support that I got was fantastic. I can’t thank the people of Clare and Limerick enough, they really got behind me.” Gari feels Conor is likely to go on and win the contest. “Conor is clearly the favourite to win it and I hope that he does win it. Also, Pat is one of the nicest guys you could meet and if Conor doesn’t win it, I’d like to see him win.”

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Limerick. “The Limerick shop in Sarsfield Street had noticed a steep decline in 2010 when the road works started. It diverted traffic away from the street and its retailers and they never seemed to return. We have been waiting to get business back to normal for a year,” said Maureen. “With the high rates, rent, new taxes and higher VAT, we could not keep up with the business plan and decided to close down. We need more traffic, more customers, to keep the business alive,” she continued. The shop in Sarsfield Street will be closed at the end of May. Seoidín is planning to re-open in the future choosing a busier, more viable location and the employees are going to be redeployed.



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NEWS ■ The giant of the sky, the Boeing 787 plane, which landed at Shannon airport on Sunday morning. Photograph by John Kelly

Ennis barrister’s €5.3m from tribunal AN Ennis barrister is ranked among the top five earners at the Mahon Tribunal, having earned €5.3 million in legal fees acting on behalf of the tribunal. Mr Patrick Quinn SC, who is originally from Ennis, practised on the South Western Circuit but moved to Dublin some time before the Mahon Tribunal began and was appointed as a senior counsel for the tribunal. It is understood that he was among the senior counsel to remain on to work on the final preparation of the Mahon Report and is understood to have made €5.3m from the tribunal since it began. Mr Quinn became a junior counsel in 1979 and qualified as senior counsel in 2001 and has practised in commercial/chancery, administrative law, Tort and personal injury law and specialises in tax law. Senior counsel, Patricia Dillon was the top earner from the tribunal, having earned €5.9 million, while Des O’Neill SC and Patrick Quinn SC both earned €5.3m, they were followed by Eunice O’Raw BL, who earned €4.2m and John Gallagher SC who earned €3.2m.

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Now cheaper to buy than to build Jessica Quinn THE cost of buying a house is now cheaper than building, according to local auctioneers, who believe that the local market is now beginning to bottom out. This comes following the release of latest figures by property websites and, which show a continuing decline in prices. However, both websites report different rates of decline. have reported that the median price of threebedroom semis in Clare has fallen by 11% to €142,000, the biggest decline the website has recorded in Munster. The median price of four-bed semis declined by 6%, to €165,000. According to, the average asking price in Clare for the first quarter of 2012 was €156,010, a 3% decline on the previous quarter. Daft figures

show that in Munster asking prices fell by 4.3% in the first three months of 2012 compared to largely stable asking prices elsewhere in the country. The fall is below the 7.2% seen in the final three months of 2011. According to Ennis-based auctioneer Brian McMahon, the general consensus locally is that the market is bottoming out. “In our experience, things are probably coming to the bottom of it, certainly for the better-quality stuff. Monthon-month, we are looking at the number of houses for sale in Clare and Ennis and they are dropping. Getting goodquality stuff around the town is not that easy, I suppose it all really boils down to reinstatement costs and rebuilding costs. “We are a stage now where you won’t build it as cheap as

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you would buy it, which is unsustainable really. We would be hoping that it would level and with a bit of luck bounce back in the next few years.” He went on to say that holiday homes on the coast are “taking a hammering” with many prices down 60% from peak. “People tend to be shying away from apartments and looking more towards holiday houses and getting better value on them,” he said. There is also a very limited demand for apartments, unless they are in a good location with a strong management structure in place, he commented. “Good-quality houses are scarce on the ground but there is some good value and 50% drops from peak are probably about right. There is a fair supply for semi-detached houses but some of these are getting older and are ex-rental. It can be hard enough to move if it’s

not in good nick or not in the better areas but we have certainly seen a good pick-up in the number of transactions in the first quarter in 2012, certainly up on 2011,” he said. Mr McMahon has also seen a limited return to investment. “There are people who have retired from fairly senior positions in State jobs who got lump sums and they are looking at property again. Certainly, the rental demand in Ennis and Shannon is very strong, Shannon is even commanding a premium on Ennis. Investment is back but to a limited degree,” he said. Meanwhile, auctioneer Cormac O’Sullivan of DNG O’Sullivan Hurley in Ennis said he has seen sales agreed up by 25% in this quarter from the first quarter of 2011. “In one way, the market has in some cases overcorrected itself, you can now buy at a

cheaper rate than you could possibly build the product for. There is quite a lot starting to hit the bottom of the market,” he said. He believes the three-bed semi market has hit the bottom, along with four-bed semis and two-bed apartments. “The report that is portrayed to the perspective buyer is that house prices need to fall but I disagree that they need to fall everywhere,” he said. “The two-bed apartments, from what I have seen in sales, are probably down anywhere between 70% and 80% from peak. Your typical three and four-bed semi-detached in Ennis is down anywhere from between 50% and 60% from peak, which is below the reported national average. “So to be reporting that house prices may need to fall further can sometimes be misleading because there is

a certain element of the market that has proven to have over-corrected itself. There is still another element that still needs to be adjusted, such as the high-value product. Very few houses are achieving over the €300,000 mark, so the properties that are priced a little bit high, they need to adjust to more affordable price. He added, “Nationally, there are over 100,000 units built and vacant but Ennis doesn’t have a single official ghost estate. “The prospective buyer is led to believe that these vacant units are around Ennis and they are not. “We actually have a shortage of new housing here and we would welcome a new development because buyers are seeking new products as well.”

WHILE Fine Gael is riding high in the opinion polls at the moment, I cannot see the Government surviving until the next general election in its present form. That, you may say, is either a very brave or a very foolish statement to make. I am not talking here about the juggling of a few ministers here and there or merely about the promotion of some and the demotion of others. By the way, I still expect Enda Kenny to be Taoiseach in four years’ time and to lead Fine Gael into the next election. However, there are so many black clouds on the horizon that it will be very difficult for Fine Gael and Labour to stick together for the full term. While I expect Enda Kenny to remain on as Taoiseach, I am not as sure about the prospects for Eamon Gilmore surviving as Tánaiste. I have been listening to quite a few influential Labour Party people up and down the country over the past few weeks and the message I am getting is that they are not at all happy with their leader. Gilmore’s first mistake was taking the foreign affairs portfolio. That took him out of the country too often when he should be at home minding his own business. By ‘his own business’ I mean, of course, the State and the Labour Party. He also made a big mistake in not appointing Joan Burton to an economic department rather than to the far less important social and family affairs’ areas. This is what I am hearing from certain powerful and influential Labour officials all over the place. “Joan Burton will have her revenge and she has much more support among the rank-and-file in Labour than Gilmore has,” one of them said to me. These Labour people I have spoken to think that Gilmore and Pat Rabbitte are like putty in Fine Gael hands and can be moulded into whatever shape Enda Kenny or Phil Hogan like. There is a strong feeling in Labour now that Eamon Gilmore’s biggest mistake, however, was going into government in the first place with Fine Gael. They say that while they supported the move in the beginning, experience over the past year has shown that Labour should have gone into Opposition and not allowed Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil or the left-wing groups to hog all the limelight. “Labour would have been in the lead in opposition to the household charge if only we had stayed out of power last year,” a Dublin Labour councillor me on condition that I keep his name out of the paper. Now, Labour are languishing in the opinion polls somewhere behind Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and the Independents while Fine Gael continues to soar ahead. It is going to be even more difficult for Labour to toe the Fine Gael line in the years ahead as further cutbacks and higher and newer taxes are announced over the next three or four years. The proposed property tax, like the hated household charge, will be bitterly resented and fought against. But other taxation measures – such as increases in income tax – are inevitable as the Government tries to bridge the huge gap between income and expenditure. There are several different reasons to fear for the stability of the Government in the minefields they have to cross in the next few years. Things may be looking fairly ok now in the aftermath of Fine Gael’s successful Ard Fheis over the weekend. However, any one of those mines could blow the Government off course and make it extremely difficult to continue. One landmine was the household charge. That blew up in their face as only about half the people signed up for it. The vast majority of the Irish people are law-abiding. They don’t want officials calling to their homes demanding money. They just want to live their lives, pay their bills and be left in peace. That’s why they would be inclined to pay the €100 fee and be done with it, despite hating the charge because of its unfairness. I listened to a number of vox pops carried out by some radio programmes among those who paid before the deadline last Saturday. Hardly a voice was heard in favour of the charge. The vast majority said they hated paying but felt they had no choice. They felt the Government would make them pay eventually anyway; they didn’t want to go to court or have their name in the paper for not paying the charge. Those were the feelings of those who were ‘compliant’. The Government had to intimidate and threaten in order to get people to pay up and they still failed. Don’t get me wrong. I favour a property tax. But it should be fair. The person living in a bog below Belmullet should not have to pay the same amount as someone living in Dublin 4. I believe we should pay for the water we use in our homes and for the collection of the rubbish we create and leave outside our door and if we cannot afford to pay, we should be given a waiver. I hope the property tax to be introduced next year is fair and I hope that people will pay it. However, I have my doubts on both counts.

“Gilmore’s first mistake was taking the foreign affairs portfolio. That took him out of the country too often when he should be at home minding his own business. By ‘his own business’ I mean, of course, the State and the Labour Party.”

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Friday, April 6, 2012

NEWS Narwhal carcass disposed of Peter O’Connell CLARE County Council has defended its role in removing the remains of a whale, believed to have been a 15 foot Narwhal, which is an arctic breed. This species of whale has a long tusk and if confirmed to be a Narwhal, it would be the first of its kind seen in Ireland. The partial remains of the decomposing mammal was discovered by a member of the public at Clahane, Liscannor and reported to the Ennistymon Area Office of Clare County Council on March 27. “An investigation was immediately carried out by council officials who determined that the mammal had been in situ for at least several weeks. The mammal was found to be in an advanced state of decomposition and, as a

result, the identity of the species could not be determined,” Clare County Council said in a statement on Wednesday. “Due to the serious public health concerns surrounding the presence of a rotting carcass in a public amenity area, Clare County Council engaged the services of an animal disposal contractor, licensed by the Department of Agriculture under EU legislation, to remove the carcass. The contractor took the decision to immediately render the carcass, due to its advanced decomposed state,” the statement added. The environment section of Clare County Council said it has not been contacted by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) regarding the matter. However, neither did the council say it had made contact with the Kilrush-based IWDG.

Breaking new ground THE weekend’s Fine Gael Ard Fheis marked a new era in grounded politics and highlighted the significant progress and contribution the party has made during its short time in Government, according to Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey. Deputy Carey said, “We in Fine Gael recognise that there is still a huge amount of work to be done and are only part of the way towards restoring this country back to its rightful place as a respected and valued members of the international community and a trusted place to do business.” He added that the tone was set by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, “who calmly and rationally outlined where we were as a country, the distance we have travelled in the past year and the road ahead. Our priority which was evident in most of the speeches and working groups over the weekend is getting Ireland back to work. In our first year in office, we managed to stabilised our country. We, as a Government, have had some success renegotiating our debt burdens and opening up new trading and investment opportunities in new markets, such as China.” According to Deputy Carey, the next phase in Government will be about re-building the economy on a solid foundation. “I believe in particular that tourism and agriculture are two areas we can create and sustain more opportunities in

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the re-election of my sister, Leonora, to the Fine Gael’s National Executive. “Leonora is very hard working, committed Fine Gael person who has played a pivotal role in the success of our party at local and national level. Her re-election to the National Executive of Fine Gael is a recognition of that work.”



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LISSYCASEY Bank holiday bash at Talty’s

■ Grainne Talty, TJ Talty, Mrs. Maire Talty and Cathal Talty of Talty’s Stores, Mace Topaz, Lissycasey. Photographs by John Kelly.

TV personality Brendan O’Connor will whip up a great deal of excitement in Lissycasey on Easter Bank Holiday Monday when he arrives to perform the official opening of the greatly expanded Talty’s Mace store at 2pm. The Talty family will be along side the star of the Saturday Night Show to welcome customers, old and new, to the store for an afternoon of entertainment and treats. A weekend away break and hampers are among the prizes on offer for those who come out to experience the atmosphere of this landmark day for the Talty family. Mr Expert Hardware Man will be at the ready to offer sound advice on all DIY queries, for the children there will be attraction of Mr Tayto, Cadbury’s gorilla, a magician and clown. The business has come a long way since Cathal and Grainne’s parents, TJ and Maire opened a modest store in 1974. It has gone through many revamps and expansions over the past 38 years. The opening of the Topaz forecourt over two years ago was a very progressive development, attracting the attention of motorists on the main Ennis/Kilrush road, while the addition of the off-licence department last August gave an added dimension to the business. The total revamp of the store was completed before Christmas and now it’s simply down to the big day official opening. The ultra-modern store sits perfectly with Talty’s one shop stop target over the years. A hardware department has always stood alongside the food retail outlet and this has been very important for the local farming community, building firms and tradesmen as well as DIY enthusiasts. Talty founders, TJ and Maire, who hail from Cranny and Lissycasey respectively, still keep an eye to the business they built up. Apart from Cathal and Gráinne, other siblings are part of the team effort. Their daughter, Sinead makes a regular appearance in the office, while son, Oisin works there on an occasional basis. Before heading to Australia, Cliodhna was yet another family member to be seen in the store.

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■ Minister Leo Varadkar at the Shannon Chamber spring lunch with (from left) Senator Tony Mulcahy, Mayor of Shannon, Mary Brennan and Damian Gleeson, president of Shannon Chamber.

and how my thinking and Government thinking has developed in that regard.” He told the meeting that after the Government reaches a conclusion, a lot of preparatory work will still need to be done.

“It is still my intention to bring a proposal in principle to Government in April but not before Easter, unfortunately. From then on, if the Government makes that decision, [there will be a need]

to then spend a few months after that with an interim board or task force developing a detailed business plan and working out the necessary legislation changes that have to be made and all the other consents.

Shannon may follow IFSC example

DUBLIN’S IFSC provides a model that can be followed to revitalise Shannon’s flagging fortunes, Minister Leo Varadkar stated. The minister said developing an international centre for aviation at Shannon, which would mean bringing in new and cutting-edge industries, is something that is being looked at closely. “I think what we need really in Shannon is a major initiative to turn the airport and the airport complex around, in order to bring investment and jobs into the region. What is now envisaged, probably the closest example I can think of is the IFSC in Dublin. That was a place near the Dublin Docklands that was in decline during the last severe recession and a decision was made by the government of the time to develop it as an International Financial Services Centre and to put in place the structures and tax incentives necessary to attract investment into that international financial services centre, which is now a phenomenal success, raising loads of revenue for the State and employing tens of thousands of people. “ I think probably that’s the model we are most likely to propose for Shannon, the development of an international aviation-based services centre in the region based around Shannon Airport and the lands around Shannon with a view to attracting new industry. Cargo is the obvious one but not just that, also industries that don’t currently exist in Europe, things like aircraft refitting and aircraft recycling.” Minister Varadkar said both public and private sectors would be major factors. “To work it will need some private sector involvement and certainly investment but I do agree that overall public ownership should remain in place and that the Government will need to have step-in powers, allowing us to intervene in the unlikely event that things go badly wrong. Working on this proposal has taken a little bit longer than I thought.” Later in his speech, he said the intention is to deliver something very innovative. “Our main intention, as a Government, for Shan-

non is to do something very innovative and very exciting and something that is very much in tune with the early pioneers of aviation in this region.” He also claimed separation from the DAA would allow Shannon to become much more competitive. “If Shannon was independent it could be more aggressive in attracting airlines because potentially it would be allowed to steal business from Dublin and Cork in the way that Knock steals business from Shannon. Shannon can’t do that really because it’s part of the overall deal.” He also indicated that if it is to succeed, Shannon would not be able to carry a debt of anything like €100 million and it would need to have access to some capital. He said passenger numbers show the need to remove Shannon from the DAA umbrella. “It’s long been my view that the halfway house that has existed between Cork and Shannon and the DAA, where there are independent boards but they have little autonomy or power, is not a situation that has worked. It’s something that is going to change. I’m of the view, and the Booz Report backs this up, that the ongoing decline in Shannon will not be reversed while it’s tied to Dublin and Cork. It will continue unless there are big changes. “As you know, passenger numbers in Shannon are down a lot. They’re back to where they were in the late ’90s, which is going back very far, whereas Dublin and Cork are down to where they were five or six years ago.” The minister said cost cutting at the State airports will continue, while he also said work on military and cargo pre-clearance is continuing. “The DAA will continue to implement its cost-cutting plans across the airports as it has to do. The department is continuing its efforts to negotiate military pre-clearance. That’s now happening at quite a high level. We hope to make real progress on that sooner rather than later. Of course, we’d like to move onto cargo pre-clearance as well but as things stand, the US authorities aren’t particularly interested in talking about that.”

Knock passenger numbers still on the up THE minister wouldn’t stand over an earlier claim that Shannon is in danger of being overtaken by Knock in 2012 but he did express a view that Knock could win more passengers than Shannon quite soon. In an interview on local radio earlier this year, he said it was “reasonably likely or a fairly good chance that Knock will overtake Shannon this year”. This was despite Shannon having well over twice as many passengers as Knock in 2011. Speaking to the media last Friday, he changed tack slightly. “I think if the trends continue it will happen. It may not happen by the end of 2012 but if the trends continue as they are, it will happen because the [Shannon] numbers are down 20% this year on this time last year and Knock is still growing, so it’s only a matter of time without a change of policy.” While some of his rhetoric,

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which has frequently championed Knock at Shannon’s expense, has caused anger at the airport, he claimed he does not want to see Shannon being overtaken. “The trend at the moment isn’t good. Shannon has less passengers now than it had back in 1997, for example. In that same period, Knock has increased its passenger numbers by 350%. Even though both airports operate in the same economy in the same country, the trend in Shannon is down and the trend in Knock is up. So if nothing is done, of course that will happen sooner or later but that’s not what I want to see happen. It’s a State-owned airport, it’s a huge asset and it’s very important to the region and the objective is to arrest the decline and make Shannon once again a centre for growth and investment and employment.” Knock has received significant funding in recent years and in the week the minister

visited Shannon, Minister Michael Ring announced an international marketing campaign for its Knock routes. In addition, at the end of last year it was pledged €4.1 million in capital funding over the next three years. However, in Shannon, the minister refused to concede that Knock has received preferential treatment. “I suppose it depends how you look at support. Knock does receive exchequer support and Shannon doesn’t but Shannon indirectly receives support from the DAA group. The financial transfers from the DAA group to Shannon are nearly three times the exchequer’s contribution to Knock so you could argue that Shannon is getting a lot more support.” The claims regarding support are on shaky ground however, as it arrives in the form of a subvention, which needs to be paid back, rather than a simple grant, which does not.

“I want to be able to do that very quickly because I am conscious that the uncertainty about Government policy is not good for business. People say it to me all the time and I accept that,” he concluded.


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Life as we know it

With the release of Census 2011 figures, The Clare Champion crunches the numbers to see what they mean for the county

THE unveiling of the first definitive results of the Census 2011 by the Central Statistics Office has given an insight into the last five years of life in Clare. The census that was undertaken almost a year ago on April 10, 2011, examines the overall change in the population since the last census in 2006. It also provides first results on age and marriage, households and families, as well as including results on nationality, foreign languages, the Irish language, religion and housing. According to figures revealed in the census, Clare is still very much a Catholic county, with 88.4% of those living here describing themselves as Catholic in the Census 2011. Statistics

show Clare people calling themselves Catholic exceeds the national average of 84.2%. The number of people in the county stating they have no religion is 5.5% with 6.1% describing their religion as ‘other’. According to well-known Clare priest Fr Harry Bohan, the figures for the county are “not surprising”. “This is the kind of percentage that the Catholic population has had generally for years. It has been this way for generations. Clare is traditionally different to some other counties which may have a larger Church of Ireland population for example.” The census figures show that Clare’s population has grown

to 117,196 people, with women outnumbering men. The figures show there are now 58,898 women to 58,298 men in the county. Between the 2006 and 2011 census, the county’s population increased by 6,396 or 5.6%, less than the national average of just over 8%. The age breakdown of those living in the county shows 28.5% of the population is between 0 to 19; 59.1% are between the ages of 20 and 64 and 12.4% are over 65. The figures also shows there were 46,241 married couples in Clare compared to over 60,535 single people on census night. The CSO also documented over 2,252 people divorced, 5,267 widowed and 2,871 separated. It

Emigration has taken its toll, claims Ennis Mayor WHILE the Banner County has experienced a population boom in the last number of years, the county’s capital town of Ennis has seen a decline, according to official figures released for the 2011 Census. According to Ennis’ Mayor, Michael Guilfoyle, the growing numbers of people forced to emigrate has played a major part in the town’s changing population. “Emigration has taken its toll on the town. Emigration to places such as Australia and Canada is a major contributory factor in the amount of people who no longer live in Ennis. “I’m quite amazed that nobody has got any figures to show what is happening out there but, from my own experience, it is something that is having a major effect. Of the 24 players signed to Turnpike Rovers seven have left us in the last two and a half years,” he said. “Also when the last census was done Ennis would have been home to many asylum seekers who we welcomed but they have since left, for instance when the hostel in town was closed down,” he said. Mirroring similar trends in other areas such as Limerick and Cork,

Ennis’s four urban areas have seen reductions in population by up to 31% while the surrounding rural area has seen a jump of 6.5%. Other places on the outskirts of Ennis’ boundaries have also seen rises in population. Doora’s population is up by 18.5% to 1873 while Clareabbey has seen an increase of 12% to 2922. According to local auctioneer, Brian McMahon, during the building boom many new housing developments were built on the outskirts of the town that may also be a contributing factor to the census figures. “There were an amount of developments built quite a few miles out of the town on the suburbs and we would have seen people moving out that way. In the inner Ennis area there would not have been as much development as on the outskirts,” he said. Despite the decline in the town areas, Ennis is still among the most densely populated urban areas in the county. According to the census the total population for the Ennis Rural electoral area was 17,359, a population change of 1,055 from the

2006 figure of 16,304. Of the current population of the Ennis Rural area, 47.9% are men while 52.1% are female. While the four Ennis urban electoral areas have seen varying amounts of decline in population. The total population for Ennis No 1 electoral district is 1,546, representing a drop of 9.8%, or an actual change of 168 people from the 2006 total population of 1,714. Men make up 47.5% of the Ennis No 1 district, with 52.5% women. Ennis No 2 Urban saw an even greater reduction of 21.2%, with a population of 1,767, down 476 from the previous census. This breaks down to 50.4% of men and 49.6% of women. The greatest population decrease, percentage wise, is seen in the Ennis No 3 Urban Area, with a total population of 256. This represents a population percentage change of 31.4% or an actual population change of 117 from the 2006 total population of 373. Of these 42.6% of the population is male and 57.4% female. While Ennis No 4 Urban has a population of 1,396, down 12.4%, with 46.8% of the population male

also outlines there are currently 855 Travellers living in Clare. In examining housing in the county, the census has shown that there is a vacancy rate of almost one fifth. More than 11,000 properties were found to be vacant on census night, with 4,610 of those described as holiday homes. Vacant houses make up 5,936 while 1,236 flats were found to be unoccupied. It outlines that there are 42,534 occupied homes in Clare, with a total housing stock of 55,616. Commenting on the number of vacant houses in the county auctioneer Cormac O’Sullivan of DNG O’Sullivan Hurley in Ennis told us, “Clare no more than other parts of the west coast is probably one of the favourite

holiday destinations for people in the east as well as for those living in Clare and Limerick. People in business during the Celtic Tiger purchased second homes in places like Lahinch and others along the coast. “There is a ribbon of holiday homes from one end of the coast to the other, as well holiday homes in other places like Mountshannon. Also, Ennis does not have a single ghost estate, as that would be a house that is built and not lived in, with no services, roof etc. But there are a number of housing developments in Ennis where the builder would have retained some units and he might be currently working with his financial institution to see how he can move these on.”

Clare population: 1911-2011 Year 1911 1926 1936 1946 1951 1956 1961 1966 1971 1979 1981 1986 1991 1996 2002 2006 2011

Overall 104,232 95,064 89,879 85,064 81,329 77,176 73,702 73,597 75,008 84,919 87,567 91,344 90,918 94,006 103,333 110,800 117,196

Male 53,877 50,071 47,957 45,350 43,473 40,868 38,904 38,667 39,002 43,945 45,366 46,913 46,367 47,789 52,049 56,000 58,298

Female 50,355 44,993 41,922 39,714 37,856 36,308 34,798 34,930 36,006 40,974 42,201 44,431 44,551 46,217 51,284 54,800 58,898

Population Density per SQKM 2011 Small Areas <10 per sqkm 10 to <30 per sqkm 30 to <100 per sqkm 100 to <300 per sqkm 300 to <500 per sqkm 500+ per sqkm

and 53.2% female. The total number of permanent private housing units in Ennis also shows an urban/rural divide. While all four urban electoral districts

show reductions, according to the census the total of units in the Ennis Rural area is 6387, up 13.8%. Permanent private housing units in Ennis No 1 is down 3.7% from

2006; Ennis No 2 down 8.6%; Ennis No 3 shows the greatest reduction of 20.8% with Ennis No 4 down 2.6%. The total number of vacant

dwellings in Ennis No 1 is 115; in Ennis No 2, 249; Ennis No 3, 28 and Ennis No 4, 120. The Ennis Rural area has 7456 vacant dwellings.

Over 2,000 vacant houses in West Clare parishes The ’Bridge and Newmarket top density list Peter O’Connell

According to the Census 2011, there are more than 2,000 vacant houses in the West Clare parishes of Kilkee (including the Kilfearagh electoral division), Kilrush town and Doonbeg. Kilkee tops the vacant house list with 1,189 empty dwellings in the town. This figure represents a 71% vacancy rate. The total housing stock in Kilkee is 1,674. The housing figure is an aggregate of all vacant houses, flats and holiday homes in the town. The figures however exclude houses where residents were temporarily absent on census night last year. Kilfearagh, which is also in the Kilkee parish has a total of 213 empty dwellings from a total housing stock of 376. This means that the vacant housing rate in Kilfearagh is 56.6%. Meanwhile, there are 462 vacant houses in the Kilrush town from a stock of 1,459, while Doonbeg village has 199 vacant houses from a total of 1,144. Commenting on the Kilkee figures, Kilkee Chamber secretary, John Williams, who is in his last week in the position, feels that the glut of houses in Kilkee represents a revenue opportunity for the town and for Clare County Council. He predicted an influx of almost €500,000 into the coffers of Clare County Council as a direct result of the extensive holiday home stock in Kilkee. “There’s 1,674 by €100 coming in and the there’s €300 from all holiday homes inclusive of the €100 household charge. That adds up to nearly €500,000 which is coming into Clare County Council for use in Kilkee. That could have a very positive effect,” John Williams commented. He maintains that if the tourist trade improves in West Clare, Kilkee will be primed to take advantage.

“A house with five or six beds in it is part of the tourist stock. They’re there to be filled so when there is an upturn in tourism Kilkee won’t be short of accommodation. We’re delighted there is so much accommodation in Kilkee,” he added. The Kilkee town population has also dropped very significantly with 288 less people now living in the resort town year round

compared to five years ago. Just 1,037 people currently live there. This is a 21.7% drop from the 2006 population figures of 1,325. The Kilrush urban population has dropped slightly to 2,539. This is a drop of 118 people from the 2006 population of 2,657. However, the Kilrush rural population has increased by 127 people to 748. This is a 20.5% increase on the 2006 census return

of 621 people. Kildysart also experienced a fairly significant population increase of 9.4% in the last five years. The current population is 992 which is up 79 people from 2006. Interesting the population of Kilmihil village has increased by 47 people to 626 since 2006. This is despite high emigration figures from the village and parish.

Housing Vacancy 2011 EDs Less than 5% 5% to <10% 10% to <15% 15% to <20% 20% to <25% Greater than 25%

Quin sees largest population increase in the county THE census has found that Quin has seen the largest increase in population in Clare since 2002, with an increase of 70.5% from 853 residents to 1,454. The 2011 census has also shown that the village’s population continues to grow as it saw a rise of 38.7 % on the 2006 figures, increasing by 406 people from the 2006 census that recorded 1,048. Other areas that saw a rise in population since 2006 were Coolreagh, up from 152 to 231, a percentage change of 52%. The Newgrove area went from 221 to 293 in five years representing a population percentage change of 32.6%, while the Boherglass area jumped by 31.7% from 218 to 287. While certain areas are seeing

an increase in population there have been a number of decreases in other parts of East Clare, most notably in the Spancilhill area which had the highest decrease in East Clare. According to the Census 2011 there has been a drop of 12.7% in Spancilhill and the population there stands at 694 dropping from 795 people since 2006. The Inishcaltra North/Inishcaltra South area has also seen a drop in its population having gone from 337 in 2006 to 314 in 2011 a change of -6.8% or a drop of 23 people. The population in the Carrowbaun area is also suffering as its community dropped by 6.6% from 152 in 2006 to 142 in 2011. Furthermore the population in Ayle

has also decreased from 309 in 2006 to 290 a drop of 6.1%. The increase in the population of Quin is also borne out by an increase in the number of permanent private housing units where since 2006 it Quin has gone from 361 to 492 housing units, representing an increase of 36.3%. Other areas that saw an increase in the permanent private housing units was Ballyblood, which increased by 12 units or 31.6% since 2006 when the figure stood at 38. Boherglass also increased from 81 to 104 a change of 28.4%. According to the 2011 Census, the highest vacancy rate recorded in the East Clare area was in the Carrowbaun area where 33 houses were recorded as vacant and this

represented a 39.8% vacancy rate based on the total housing stock there of 83. Other areas in East Clare deemed to have a high vacancy rate were Drummaan with 95 houses vacant, giving a rate of 29.6% based on its total housing stock of 321. Meanwhile, Ballynahinch had 36 houses vacant representing a vacancy rate of 28.8%. While recording changes in population the census has also gathered information about the number of men and women living in particular areas and in East Clare it has found that more men occupy the Caher area than wom-

en. Caher’s population is made up of approximately 56.9% men, and is followed by the Cappaghabaun area where men make up 55.8% of the total population. On the other side of the coin in neighbouring Cloonusker, women outnumber men as they represent 54.2% of their population. Glendree, however, is where women most outnumber men in East Clare where they make up 56% of the population. This area is followed by the Carrowbaun area where women account for 55.6% of the total population.

ASIDE from the county towns, the villages of Sixmilebridge and Newmarket are the two most densely populated urban areas in Clare. Sixmilebridge has experienced a population explosion in the past decade with the population having almost doubled, up from 1,754 in 2002 to a current figure of 2,604. That equates to a 48.5% increase with females outnumbering males by a little under 1%. Kilmurry, which is also part of the parish of Sixmilebridge, has also seen an increase with the latest figures indicating an 11.9% rise in the population from 666 in 2006 to 745 in 2011. In the late 1990s the village’s new sewerage scheme came on stream and that facility, coupled with the Celtic Tiger era, precipitated a building boom. Sixmilebridge is now home to 22 separate housing estates and has mushroomed because of its close proximity to major centres of employment such as Limerick, Shannon and Ennis. While the population of Newmarket is down by almost one tenth in the last decade, from 2,114 in 2002 to 1,905 last year, figures from the Central Statistics Office show that it has risen by 6.1% over the past five years. Of that figure, 51.2% account for males. The parish of Newmarket has also developed as a satellite village because it is sandwiched between Shannon and Ennis, two of the main employment centres in the county. Sociologist Fr Harry Bohan is well placed to evaluate the growth of both parishes. The founder of the former Rural Housing Organisation, a project designed to keep people housed in rural parts of the county, he said the location of both villages is advantageous in that both are a short commuting distance from all the big centres. “Obviously, location is a big pull but I’d have to say Sixmilebridge is a very attractive place to live. It has a lot going for it; it’s a place with huge potential,” he suggested. Fr Bohan added, “The ’Bridge is a fabulous village. Over the last few years a lot of development has taken place and there are now 22 housing estates in the village.

Growth tends to attract growth and if one place starts to move and is an attractive place, it draws others in. I suppose the growth has been very fast but it is a vibrant community. “As a parish, we are working on the whole concept of community. We are starting up ‘The Gatherings’ again in May and one of those gatherings will be in one of the new housing estates. We will try and visit all the people and it’s important to build up a good community spirit by getting neighbours to know their neighbours”. Another big positive he said is the “web of voluntary organisations” that exist in the parish and which provide a lot of important outlets for young people. However, he accepted that the provision of services and infrastructure needs to operate in tandem with development and that’s something Sixmilebridge may have lagged behind. “I think there are services that are badly needed. There is an urgent need for a bank branch for example. The village also needs a new primary school. At the minute there are more children being taught in prefabs than in classrooms and with 84 children enrolled for the new school year in September, I believe Sixmilebridge has a pressing need for a new school. “Down the road I believe it needs a secondary school too, maybe not a conventional one but it does need one with that kind of population. “Given its rate of development it also needs a hotel and I’m delighted plans for such a facility have already been approved by the council. It also needs a community centre because outside of the GAA hall, there’s no good meeting place,” he suggested. Fr Bohan concluded by throwing down a challenge for people to take more responsibility for themselves and their place. “For example, people are going to set up a Neighbourhood Watch by way of looking after one another and the most vulnerable in the community. It’s all about taking responsibly for family, friends and neighbours as well as the economic and social side of things,” he said.

Mapping developed by Justin Gleeson at the All-Ireland Research Observatory (AIRO), NUI Maynooth. For more detail on Census 2011 and access to census information on County Clare see the AIRO website

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Clare Champion P11


Councillors refute North Clare population increase Nicola Corless

CSO figures showing an increasing population in one of Clare’s most scenic areas have been refuted by local councillors. Liscannor to the Cliffs of Moher, via Hags Head, saw the biggest surge in population in North Clare between 2006 and 2011. The population has grown by nearly one third, according to the latest CSO figures. Liscannor saw its population jump to 374 from 282, an increase of 32.6% or 92 people. According to Census 2011, neighbouring Ballysteen had a population of 363, a rise of 31.1% or 86 people from the 2006 figure of 277. Liscannor also saw a building boom during the five years up to last year with more vacant houses than occupied ones. According to Census 2011, the area had a

unit vacancy rate of 56.2%, the third highest in the county. Its housing stock stood at 356 last year and 200 of these homes were deemed vacant. More than half the housing units in Ballysteen (52%) were vacant, with 168 of the 323 homes in the area lying empty. One local area councillor says the figures are hard to believe. “There is no way I could accept that there has been a 30% increase in population in Liscannor and I don’t think anyone else living in this area could either,” said Councillor Richard Nagle. “There are two contrasting statistics. On the one hand there are a huge number of vacant houses and on the other the population has increased by 30%. The numbers attending the national schools would not reflect a 30% increase in population,” he added.

■ Councillor Richard Nagle says he can’t accept the 30% increase in Liscannor’s population reported in Census 2011.

According to Councillor Nagle, the increase in population may be down to young people staying in the area during the Celtic Tiger and working in the building industry. “I think if the census was done today, it would show a dramatic decline because quite a number of young people from the Liscannor, Lahinch and Ennistymon areas have been forced to emigrate, either temporarily or permanently, particularly over the last year, because of the collapse in the construction industry and the lack of other employment opportunities,” Councillor Nagle concluded. His constituency colleague, Lahinch-based Bill Slattery, agrees. “There has been a lot of emigration from the Liscannor-Moher area in the last year or so. During the boom the locals couldn’t afford to buy land in the area, which resulted in a lot of holiday homes being built. Now the houses built by speculators are empty and the young people are gone,” he said. Crusheen has seen one of the highest percentage growths in population in the county over the last decade, exploding by 66.3% since 2002. Its population rose to 865 last year, a change of more than 66.3% in 10 years, up 345 people. “The reason that the population of Crusheen has dramatically increased is because of its proximity to Ennis and Limerick. People saw it as an attractive place to buy a home with the result that it has become a satellite town of Ennis. With the development of the bypass and improved road network in both

Shannon bucks the trend of previous census

THE population of Clenagh, the electoral division that includes Shannon Town, had a population of 10,058 on census night last year. This represented an increase of 2.7%, or 263 on Census 2006. It is also up by 1,002 or 11.1% on the 2002 census. The population density came to 361.77 people/km2. Females were in a slight majority, with 5,056 (50.3%) compared to 5,002 males (49.7%). There were 3,771 permanent private household units, an increase of 9.6% on the 3,441 recorded in 2006. There were also 394 vacant units. In Drumline, the population stood at 852, an increase of 852 on the 741 recorded in 2006. It also reversed the trend seen in the last census, as there was actually a drop in population between 2002 and 2006. The area’s population density was 61.56 people/km2. The male population were in the minority, with 409 males making up 48%. There was a female population of 443 or 52%. The number of permanent private households stood at 274, an increase of 24% on the 2006 figure of 221. There were also 72 vacant dwellings. Councillor Sean McLoughlin said he believed most of the vacant units were apartments. “There’d be a lot of apartments. People are more inclined to want to live in apart-

ments. It’s always been hard to get a house in Shannon to rent. The majority of places that are vacant are apartments but I know of three houses that are vacant, which the owners could let out if they had a mind to.” He said that while a lot of young people had gone to Australia, quite a few have returned to Shannon. “They’re all returning now for some reason or another and more seem to be staying. I don’t think there’s that much emigration at the moment but to preserve that, we need jobs, to keep the young people at home.” Councillor Patricia McCarthy that there had been a few trends in local migration between the 2006 and 2011 censuses. “We would have had an increase in the number of migrants to the town and then we’ve had a fair bit of emigration out of it, so I suppose the fact that it’s holding stable with a slight increase is good.” She also felt that most of the vacant properties in Shannon are apartments. “Three hundred and ninety four is a lot of units and there are apartments in that. I would be concerned at the number of vacant dwellings at a time when there is a high demand for properties. “A lot of people were buying investment properties in Shannon over the years and maybe that’s the reason for the vacancies. You’d need to know what the units are, because the word is that there is a scarcity of houses to rent, but not of apartments.”

Call to retain number of public representatives Dan Danaher

THE population surge in South-East Clare has prompted a call for Environment Minister Phil Hogan to retain the number of county councillors representing constituents in this densely populated district. Councillor Pascal Fitzgerald insists Minister Hogan must take into account the findings of Census 2011, which confirms population increases ranging from 9% in some areas to 54%. The Labour Councillor warned that any attempts by the minister to introduce another changes, in the electoral area boundaries could result in councillors being forced to represent even more constituents if the current number of local representatives are not retained. “Any new proposals under plans for the reform of Local Government must take into account Census 2011,” he said. Official statistics released by the Census reveal the population of the Cappavilla Electoral Division near the Clare campus of the University of Limerick jumped by 54% from 674 in 2006 to 1,038. The next highest population hike was in Killaloe where it went up from 1,587 in 2006 to 1,826 five years later. Across the bridge in the twin community of Ballina, the number of residents jumped from 2,459 in 2006 to 2,959 in 2011. Back in South-East Clare,

Ogonnelloe also enjoyed a significant 15% hike from 2006 up to 696 last year. The Ballyglass Electoral Division, which includes Westbury and large parts of Parteen, went up by 8.9% from 5,379 in 2006 to 5,680 last year. O’Briensbridge also enjoyed steady growth of 7.2% up from 595 to 638 over the five-year period. The percentage of males varied from 45.6% in Cappavilla to a high of 50.7% in Killaloe. The percentage of males in Ballyglass and Ballina was 48.8% on the night. The highest percentage of vacant houses was in Killaloe where 297 houses or 28.7% of its total housing stock of 1,034 was classified as vacant on the night of the Census. This compared to 16% in neighbouring Ballina were 198 houses were deemed vacant. Ballyglass, which is one of the most densely populated areas, recorded a low percentage of 4.6% or 100 houses out of a total housing stock of 2,162. The percentage of vacant houses was much higher in O’Briensbridge where 24 out of the total housing stock of 246 equating to just less than 10% were unoccupied. The high number of vacant houses in Killaloe was in sharp contrast to Cappavilla were there were only 15 houses left unoccupied representing 4.9% of the total housing stock in this area. It fell as low at just six houses or 1.7% in Ballycannon, Meelick.

directions, it made it more convenient for people to get to work in Ennis, Galway and Limerick,” Councillor Nagle commented. “Many areas of North Clare are facing depopulation due to emigration but this increase will mean that Crusheen has a

reasonable chance that its population will not suffer the same rate of decrease as the rest of the electoral area,” he added. The districts of Carran, Oughtmama, Rathborney, Mountelva, Lisdoonvarna, Smithstown, Lurraga, Cloghaun, Derreen, Kilshan-

ny and Killilagh saw population drop by between 0.8% and 12%. Men outnumber women in the electoral districts of Gleninagh, Smithstown, Ballagh and Magherareagh where numbers make up more than 54% of the population. They

constitute more than 52% of the population in Noughaval/Castletown, Muckanagh, Boston, Clooney, Dysert and Moy. In Ballyvaskin, Ennistymon, Ballysteen, Cloughaun, Abbey, Crusheen, Kilnamona, Ballyea and Rath, men ac-

count for more than half the population. Lisdoonvarna, home of the renowned bachelor festival, boasts a female population of 54.1% while the Drumcreehy electoral area, which incorporates Ballyvaughan, has a female population of 54.8%.

P12 The Clare Champion

Friday, April 6, 2012


Miltown garda station not on closure list

MILTOWN Malbay Garda Station is not to close, according to the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. Responding to a query from Clare TD, Deputy Pat Breen, Minister Shatter said “Miltown

Malbay Garda Station is not one of those 39 garda stations identified for closure or reduced opening hours”. The Commissioner’s Policing Plan for 2012, released in December last year, indicates changes to the future opening hours of 10

Festival to honour the High Nelly THERE will be a unique event in Clare this Saturday and Sunday as a weekend festival dedicated to the High Nelly bike takes place in Bunratty, at Durty Nelly’s and the Folk Park and Castle. The event will be covered by Sky television and on Saturday there will be music, bike repair demonstrations, a High Nelly history treasure hunt and lots more. Information will be gathered for a soonto-be-published book entitled Highnelly: The People, The Bikes, which documents stories of how people needed these bikes for survival, not just for fun. Sunday will see hundreds of High Nellys being cycled through the cobbled street in Bunratty Folk Park, the first time that such a thing has

been allowed. A Limerick-based company, High Nelly Ltd, is involved in organising the event and spokesman Marty Mannering said the use of High Nelly bikes has been growing. “There are several High Nelly clubs set up around the country. A guy said to me lately when we were discussing why this kind of thing has become popular and he said because it doesn’t cost a lot and it’s great fun. That’s probably in keeping with the times. In the boom it was all about how expensive your BMW was and you wouldn’t be seen dead on one of these things. Now people find great craic in getting their great-grandfather’s old bike out for the weekend and it costs nothing at all,” he said.

garda stations and the closure of 39 others. The minister confirmed that approximately 296 gardaí are assigned to the Clare Garda Division, of which 33 are assigned to the Ennistymon District and three of these are assigned to the

Miltown Malbay Garda Station. There are also 19 garda reserve members and 33 civilian staff assigned to different stations across the division. “These resources are augmented, when appropriate, by gardaí from national units such as the

Summer begins at Shannon THE tourism year began in earnest this week with the official start of the summer season at Shannon Airport. In all, Shannon will offer 34 destinations for passengers over the season, amounting to 1.2 million seats available from the largest airport in the West of Ireland. Over Easter, Shannon will handle approximately 28,000 passengers as the holiday season kicks off. The Easter festival traditionally marks the start of the summer season with a range of European and US services recommencing. Shannon passengers will have direct access, whether through scheduled or chartered services, to England, Scotland, the US, Canada, Spain, France, Portugal, Turkey, Croatia, Switzerland, Poland and Austria. “Aviation is very much a seasonal business. Easter essentially marks the changeover from the quieter winter period and this year is no different, with new services coming on board over the next number of

weeks,” said airport director Mary Considine. “The global aviation downturn over recent years has been more pronounced in the winter season but we see a significant upswing for the summer and this year is no different. “We will have 34 destinations in all available to and from Shannon and we would encourage the public to support them. Among these will be a number of new services introduced later in the summer, including Bodrum in Turkey and Rennes in France. “We also have both Aer Lingus (Boston and JFK) and Delta (JFK) returning with their transatlantic services in the summer, adding to the very successful year-round service by Continental into Newark. “We are also only the second airport in the country with transatlantic services into the US and Canada, which again shows the very important role that Shannon Airport plays in the lives of people across the region,” she added.

Garda National Drug Unit and the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation,” the minister outlined. “The priority will remain that an effective and professional policing service is provided to every part of the community, both rural and

urban. The programme of replacement and refurbishment of garda accommodation around the country is based on agreed priorities established by An Garda Síochána and it is progressed in close co-operation with the Office of Public Works (OPW), who have respon-

sibility for the provision and maintenance of garda accommodation. I have been informed by the OPW that while there are no plans or requests in relation to Miltown Malbay Garda Station, the situation will continue to be kept under review,” he concluded.

‘Animator’ appointed to tourism group LOOP Head Tourism have been granted Leader funding to employ Trea Heapes from Querrin to head up a promotion programme in West Clare. The funding was granted under what is called an Animator Programme. “Ours is a tourism animator. It’s about bringing to life the tourism product in the peninsula. We applied to Leader for funding. They put us through our paces and made sure what we were looking for stood up,” Loop Head Tourism chairman Cillian Murphy told The Clare

Champion. “We had three replies. We interviewed two of them and we made a decision based on the interviews. There was an independent panel of interviewers. Loop Head Tourism is absolutely delighted with the funding stream coming from Leader and with the quality of the person that we have acquired,” he added. The tourism group have put together a programme of works for Ms Heapes to carry out for the duration of the year-long contract.

NEWS IN BRIEF Dinghy sailors rescued THREE teenagers had to be rescued by an RNLI lifeboat when their dinghy ran aground onto rocks on Lough Derg on Tuesday. The teenagers had been sailing their 14-foot dinghy off Garrykennedy when strong winds, force six gusting force seven, drove the vessel onto rocks.

The Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat, with helm Peter Clarke, Liam Knight and Ben Ronayne on board, was requested to launch by Valentia Coast Guard just after 1pm to assist the three sailors. The lifeboat located the dinghy, aground and swamped west of Garrykennedy, within 15 minutes. The three teenagers were reported to be cold but otherwise unharmed. RNLI crewmember Eleanor Hooker was requested to travel by

road, with additional blankets and to give shelter in her car until the three were collected by family.

Flight cancelled

AN Aer Lingus flight from Shannon to Boston on Thursday, March 29, was cancelled due to technical issues within the fleet. Customers were flown from Shannon to Boston on Friday, March 30.

IN THE COURTS with Carol Byrne

Clear stock or face jail AN East Clare woman has been given an ultimatum to clear her land of stock or she will be cleared to jail after she appeared before Killaloe District Court charged with 20 counts of allowing animals to wander. “Either you will clear your land of stock or your house will be cleared of you because you will get a prison sentence,” Judge Patrick Durcan said to the defendant. Breda Maloney, 55, of Ballymalone, Tuamgraney appeared before Judge Durcan at Tuesday’s sitting of Killaloe District Court, where she faced sentence in relation to 20 charges of allowing animals, including cattle and goats, to

wander on dates between June 2011 and October 2011. The court heard that at a previous sitting of Killaloe District Court, road traffic matters had been brought to a conclusion but Judge Durcan explained he now had to consider how he would deal with the animal-related issues. He said he could consider imposing community service but solicitor for Maloney, Chris Lynch, said he didn’t feel his client would be physically well enough for community service. Judge Durcan said in that case the State and Maloney would have to come to another way of resolving the issue or else he would “impose a prison sen-

tence”. Inspector John O’Sullivan, prosecuting, explained the majority of the cases before the court related to issues with animals and they were all connected. He explained issues generally with Maloney, her neighbours and people in the locality needed to be resolved. Judge Durcan said he did not intend to put the matter back any further but that whatever undertaking Maloney was to come up with, it would have to be “a very firm undertaking”. He said she had already “breached an order to keep control of her animals and unless I get a proposal in writing, I’ll impose a sentence”.

Judge orders charity donation or face conviction A MAN who made off without paying for a taxi has been ordered to donate €350 to charity, having “put the State to the expense” of dealing with the case. Brian Murphy of Ballyblood, Tulla appeared at Killaloe District Court on Tuesday, where he pleaded guilty to a charge of not paying for a taxi journey to the value of €31.65 at Lisofin, Tulla on August 21, 2011. Inspector John O’Sullivan explained the injured party in this case was operating a taxi and he picked up a fare where two men got into his taxi in Ennis and looked to be dropped in Tulla. “A slight altercation took place and the two men ran as a result and they left without paying for the fare,” Inspector O’Sullivan said. Solicitor for the defendant, Stiofán Fitpatrick, said the defendant had the taxi fare in

court and explained a dispute arose between his client and the taxi driver as they believed the fare was “excessive”. Judge Patrick Durcan, presiding, said he was “not impressed” and said Mr Murphy had “put the State to great expense, the matter had to go to the DPP’s office, the court service had to issue a summons” and the matter had to be dealt with in court. The judge said he “didn’t like this type of criminality in the current climate when the State is on its knees”. He added, “the best way to deal with it and in a way that hurts” was to ask for a donation of €350 to a local charity before April 30 and if he didn’t pay by then, Mr Murphy would be looking at a €500 fine. “I’m not imposing a conviction, I am giving him a chance but I do want him to feel the pain,” Judge Durcan concluded.

‘Sorry’ for taking drink

“THE days of going into supermarkets and treating them as drink cupboards is over,” Clare’s District Court judge said this week. Judge Patrick Durcan told a defendant at Killaloe District Court to walk to the supermarket he stole from and apologise personally to the manager. Anthony Duhig, 24, of Cossane, Birdhill, County Tipperary pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing a bottle of vodka valued at €29.49 from Queally’s Supervalu in Killaloe on February 24 last. The court heard that Duhig went into the supermarket and took the bottle of vodka and left without paying for it. Judge Durcan indicated he was not impressed with the way Duhig went into the supermarket “in this cavalier attitude”. “We’re in Ballina and across the bridge is Killaloe. It can’t be more than half a mile. Hop up there to Mr Robinson and apologise. The days of going into supermarkets and treating them like drink cupboards is over. If you don’t come back you won’t be going home tonight. Also, it would be a help to reimburse him for the vodka and bring back the receipt,” Judge Durcan said to the accused. Mr Duhig returned later in the court sitting with a receipt and a note acknowledging his apology. On this basis, Judge Durcan struck out the charge.

Inspector O’Sullivan outlined to the court that the undertaking Maloney would have to make in order for the State to be satisfied was that she clear her land of stock. Judge Durcan said he would adjourn the case to May 1 for her to comply with this undertaking and warned her that the adjournment was being granted “on condition that you meet these requirements. Either you comply before May 1 or you will get a prison sentence.” Maloney was remanded on continuing bail to reappear in Killaloe on May 1 next and the State was ordered to verify that she had complied with the undertaking on that date.

Photograph by Declan Monaghan

A DISTRICT Court Judge has told a man, who together with his son stole a bottle of gas from a service station, that he intended to “stamp out” this type of behaviour and one way to do it was to impose a sentence. Terry McDonagh of 9 St Martin’s Park, Trim, County Meath appeared before Judge Patrick Durcan at Killaloe District Court this week charged with stealing a bottle of gas, valued at €46.50 on August 21, 2011 at Larkin’s Service Station, Fort Henry, Ballina. Inspector John O’Sullivan, prosecuting, outlined that on the date in question, Mr McDonagh drove into Larkin’s Service Station accompanied by a number of his children. He said CCTV footage showed the accused and a boy take a cylinder of gas without paying for it. McDonagh admitted the

JUDGE Patrick Durcan has accepted jurisdiction in a case involving the sending of “nasty and offensive” text messages. Colm Quigley, 39, of 1 Steeles Terrace, Ennis appeared before Ennis District Court on Wednesday charged that on October 17, 2011 at a place unknown he persistently used a phone for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another, contrary to the Post Office Act. Inspector Tom Kennedy, prosecuting, told the court the Director of Public Prosecution had directed the matter be dealt with in

Book of Evidence to be prepared in drugs case A BOOK of Evidence is to be prepared in relation to an Ennis man charged with possession of €36,000 worth of cannabis for sale or supply. Francis Healy, 43, of 12 Cornmarket Apartments, Mill Road, Ennis is charged with having cannabis for sale or supply at Nuaffe, Inch on March 29, 2012. The matter came before Judge Aeneas McCarthy at a special sitting of Ennis District Court at the weekend, where it was outlined that the defendant’s car was searched by gardaí in Inch and they locat-

A 26-year-old Ennis woman has been sent forward for trial to the circuit court after she was served with a Book of Evidence in relation to a charge of intimidating a witness. Kayleigh Smyth, with an address at 44 Dun na hInse, Lahinch Road, Ennis, appeared before Killaloe District Court on Tuesday on a charge of threatening, intimidating or putting fear on another person who is a witness in proceedings for an offence, with the intention of causing the course of justice to be obstructed, perverted or interfered with contrary to Section 41 of the Criminal Justice Act

1999 on September 22, 2011 at Main Street, Scariff. Sergeant Joe Fallon told the court he served a Book of Evidence on the accused and Inspector John O’Sullivan said the Director of Public Prosecutions consented to the matter being returned for trial to the circuit court. There was no objection to bail and Judge Patrick Durcan sent Ms Smyth forward for trial to the next sitting of Ennis Circuit Criminal Court on May 1 next and remanded her on her own bond of €500. Free legal aid was granted to the accused and was extended to cover one junior counsel.

A KILLALOE man, who at 22 is “a chronic alcoholic”, has been bound to the peace for two years after he pleaded guilty to five counts of stealing alcohol from local supermarkets. Keith O’Brien of 18 Clarisford, Killaloe pleaded guilty to the theft of six cans of Budweiser, one bottle of Smirnoff Ice and a bottle of Bacardi Breezer, valued at €15, property of Aaron Devane and Ger McKeogh on March 12 last. He also admitted stealing two bottles of vodka from Queally’s Supermarket, Killaloe on February 11; a bottle of Southern Comfort valued at €25.40 on February 27, also from Queally’s and a bottle of vodka, valued at €29.49, on February 24 from the same supermarket. On March 6 he admitted stealing a bottle of Drambuie and Southern Comfort, valued at €55, also from Queally’s. The defendant also admitted failing

to appear at Killaloe District Court on March 6 last. Having read a probation report, Judge Patrick Durcan said it was “a very sad report” as it set out that O’Brien is a “chronic alcoholic”. He said the report had found that O’Brien wanted help and that he accepted he was a nuisance. In passing sentence, the judge said he would impose a one-month prison sentence on each of the theft charges, ordering that they run consecutively to a sentence he is currently serving and consecutive to each other. However, he added that he would suspend the sentence if he enter a bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for a period of two years and, if not, he would serve the time. “We can’t have people going into supermarkets and helping themselves,” Judge Durcan said. O’Brien entered the bond.

Father enlisted Suspended sentence son in gas theft for ‘chronic alcoholic’ charge and the court heard that compensation was paid to the service station. The judge said, “This, in my view, is a bad case. He was accompanied by his children to whom he should show example and he helps himself and motors off. Taken on its own, it’s mean and appalling.” He added that the accused may be “strapped” for cash but he felt the owner of the service station, who he said is “providing a service in a rural community in increasingly difficult circumstances”, is “more strapped”. “I think this type of behaviour needs to be stamped out and I know one way to stamp it out,” Judge Durcan said ahead of imposing a two-month prison sentence on McDonagh. He fixed recognisance in the event of an appeal.

Text case for district court

■ Judge Patrick Durcan.

Witness intimidation allegation against Ennis woman

ed 3kg of herbal cannabis worth €36,000. Mr Healy was remanded to appear before Ennis District Court on Wednesday, where Inspector Tom Kennedy said the matter will be going forward on a Book of Evidence as the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed trial on indictment. He said it was not yet ready and sought an adjournment for service of the book. Judge Patrick Durcan, presiding, remanded the defendant on bail to reappear on April 18.

the district court. The inspector gave an outline of the State’s allegations, explaining the case related to the sending of text messages to a woman who had rented accommodation to the defendant. He said the nature of the texts alleged to have been sent were “most troubling” and were of a “nasty and offensive” nature. He said one of the eight messages sent suggested that the woman “should pick out a headstone for herself”. On the application of the defence, the matter was adjourned for a month for a plea or a date for hearing to be fixed.

Charged with forging Xanax prescription A MAN charged with forgery and using a forged prescription to obtain Xanax tablets is to have his case heard in the district court after jurisdiction was accepted this week. Ross Culligan of 41 Church Drive, Clarecastle appeared before Ennis District Court on Wednesday charged with using a false instrument, namely a forged prescription at Mary Jo Duffy Pharmacy, Tesco Shopping Centre, Ennis on February 22 and with forging a document purporting to be a prescription. Inspector Tom Kennedy said the Director of Public Prosecutions directed the case be heard in the district court

summarily and he gave an outline of the evidence to the court in order for the court to decide on jurisdiction. “The State alleges that Mr Culligan went into Duffy’s Pharmacy with a prescription, which he altered to read 84 Xanax tablets. The staff got suspicious and followed up by contacting the gardaí,” Inspector Kennedy said. Judge Patrick Durcan, presiding, accepted jurisdiction. He extended free legal aid to cover a report from a consultant psychiatrist. His solicitor, Daragh Hassett indicated there would be a plea to both charges. The defendant was remanded on continuing bail to appear on May 9 next.

Probation Facing trial on arson charge Act applied A DISTRICT court judge has applied the Probation Act in the case of a West Clare footballer, who admitted assaulting another footballer in Ennis last August. Kevin Corry, 20, of Clondrina, Cranny, Kilrush pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to David Foley on August 14 last outside Supermac’s on O’Connell Street in Ennis. At a sitting of Ennis District Court on Wednesday, a sum of €500 was paid to the court by Mr Corry and Judge Patrick Durcan applied the Probation Act.

A BOOK of Evidence has been served on a Scariff man charged with the arson of public toilets in Ballina, County Tipperary in 2010. The matter has been sent forward for trial to Ennis Circuit Criminal Court. Vincent O’Reilly, 21, of Fossabeg, Scariff is charged with arson on a date unknown between October 31, 2010 and November 1, 2010 at Ballina, Tipperary, where it is alleged that public toilets, the property of North Tipperary County Council, were damaged by fire. He is further charged with the theft of a wheelie bin, valued at €90, from Main Street, Ballina on the same date. A co-accused Jamie O’Gorman, 23, with

an address at Thornvale, Toomevara, County Tipperary is also charged with the theft of a wheelie bin, valued at €90, from Main Street between October 31, 2010 and November 1, 2010. At a sitting of Killaloe District Court on Tuesday the two men appeared and Garda John Jenks gave evidence of serving a Book of Evidence on the accused. Free legal aid was granted to both accused and was extended to cover their solicitor and one junior counsel. Judge Patrick Durcan, presiding, returned the two for trial to the next sitting of Ennis Circuit Criminal Court on May 1 next at 10.30am.

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Clare Champion P13


Kilrush development plan consultation deadline nears Peter Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell THE deadline for making submissions relating to the future development of Kilrush closes next Tuesday. People are being asked to participate in the public consultation process for the preparation of the Draft Kilrush Development Plan

2014-2020. In February, Kilrush Town Council commenced the period of public consultation as part of a review of the 2008 Development Plan, due to expire in 2014. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The public consultation process presents members of the public with a valuable opportunity to have their say on the future development of their local community,â&#x20AC;?

Mayor of Kilrush, Councillor Ian Lynch commented. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obtaining input from the local community at the beginning of the plan-making process is important to the final outcome of the Kilrush Development Plan. The Kilrush Development Plan 2014-2020 will determine the future land-use needs of the local community in terms of economic development, recreational and community re-

Construction activity in Clare continues to slow CONSTRUCTION activity in the county continues to slow down and a new housing index shows that planning applications for the first two months of the year dropped by 43% on the corresponding period last year. In fact, Clare recorded the second highest drop in applications for planning permission in the Republic during the months of January and February of this year, according to the Link2Plans National Housing Construction Index. In January and February 2011, a total of 81 planning applications were submitted in Clare. In the same period this year, just 46 applications were received by the planning authorities, constituting a drop of

43%. Indicating a significant decrease in construction activity in the county, this was the second largest drop of all counties, with the figure for Kilkenny down by as much as 58%. Interestingly, there has been a 3% rise in the number of commencement notices issued in Clare, up by one to 33 for the same two month period. The findings come from an online portal which can track current housing projects in real time, called Managing director of Link2Plans, Danny Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Shea commented, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Construction related statistics tend to be up to six months out of date which limits

quirements, as well as residential, transport and infrastructural needs,â&#x20AC;? Mayor Lynch added. An issues booklet outlining the statutory and public consultation processes involved in the preparation of the plan has been produced and made available at the offices of Kilrush Town Council and Clare County Council, as well as at local libraries, www.clarecoco. ie and

Three hundred copies of the issues book also have been distributed to community groups, stakeholders, statutory bodies and ratepayers in the town. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Community groups, individuals, stakeholders and students are encouraged to make written submissions no later than 4pm on Tuesday. There will be an opportunity later in the process for the public to further express their

views and make additional submissions, however it is important to have a say at this early stage,â&#x20AC;? Brian McCarthy, senior executive planner stated. In making submissions and observations, individuals should state their name, address and, where relevant, the body represented. Submissions or observations should be addressed to: Planning, Economic Development and En-

Diabetes information meeting in Ennis

Dogs dumped between Kilkee and Carrigaholt

their usefulness to those working in the sector. Our new National Housing Construction Index shows clear and current patterns and indications of activity in every county in Ireland. Link2Plans will issue this index on a bi-monthly basis and it will provide a solid and reliable resource for people in the industry in Clare, economic commentators and professionals who service the sector.â&#x20AC;? The National Housing Construction Index gives a barometer of sentiment (planning applications) and activity (housing commencements) in housing construction including residential developments, one-off housing and one-off housing extensions. The detailed index shows

Peter Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell AT Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kilkee Town Council meeting Clare ISPCA Dog Warden, Frankie Coote, said an average of 100 dogs are dumped annually in the area from Kilkee to Carrigaholt. He addressed the meeting on a range of dog related issues. The dogs are then brought to the pound in Ennis and are either given to new owners or are put down. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Around 100 dogs a year are picked up from Kilkee to Carrigaholt,â&#x20AC;? he told the meeting, where he also addressed dealing with dogs roaming Kilkee beach and defecating in the town. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The biggest problem on a beach or a promenade is people not cleaning up after their dogs,â&#x20AC;? Mr Coote said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the moment we have a serious

terprise Department, Clare County Council, Ă ras Contae an ChlĂĄir, New Road, Ennis, Clare. Alternatively, submissions may be emailed to (maximum document size by e-mail: 4MB) or may be faxed to 065 6892071. Submissions made via email must include the full name and address of the person making the submission.

problem with dogs doing their thing on the paths,â&#x20AC;? Councillor Brian Keane confirmed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very much happening year round. Children cycle through it on the footpaths and the next thing itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all over the town,â&#x20AC;? Councillor Lily Marrinan Sullivan stated. Town mayor Elaine Haugh Hayes felt dog owners should be forced to clean up after their dog defecates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a social problem. I think you have to embarrass people into it and educate them,â&#x20AC;? she suggested. Both Mr Coote and Councillor Paddy Collins said that all dogs should be micro chipped so that their owners could be traced. Mr Coote also encouraged councillors and local people to report problem dogs to him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If any of you can identify a dog that is causing problems, ring me,â&#x20AC;? he urged.

THE Clare branch of Diabetes Ireland has organised a type one diabetes support group meeting in the Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis on Tuesday from 8pm to 9.30pm. The topic of discussion will be a review of the recent type one diabetes research development meeting in Limerick. This group is open to adults living with type one diabetes and to parents of children with diabetes. The type one diabetes support group offers support and information on living well on insulin therapy. Meanwhile, the Clare branch has apologised for any confusion that may have been caused by a comment made in last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s article,

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Learning to live with diabetesâ&#x20AC;?. A person with type one diabetes can suffer from hypos when the amount of sugar in the bloodstream falls so low that the person cannot function effectively and sometimes lose consciousness more than people with type two diabetes. However, it is not correct to treat a hypo with insulin. The correct treatment for a hypo is to administer sugar or glucose. The support group can be contacted on 087 6415747 or by email at clarebranchdfi@ The Diabetes Federation of Ireland can be contacted at 01 8363022 or at

The Lodge in Doonbeg honoured on the double

â&#x2013; Recently married in Cancun, Mexico, were Greg Fogarty, Kilmaley and Paola Realpozo.

THE Lodge at the Greg Norman-designed Doonbeg Golf Links picked up two county awards at the regional finals of the Irish Restaurant Awards, held earlier this week in The Imperial Hotel in Cork. Industry experts across the region selected The Long Room at The Lodge as the best hotel restaurant in Clare, while Wade Murphy was also honoured as best chef. For customer service, The Town Hall Bistro at The Old Ground Hotel in Ennis was declared county winner while the best Gastropub in Clare was The Roadside Tavern in Lisdoonvarna. The accolade for best restaurant in the county went

to The Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna while Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Arco, an authentic Italian restaurant in Ballyvaughan, was tops for casual dining in the county. The Stonecutters Kitchen in Doolin won the county Munster Kids Size Me award. Nominations for the awards were made by readers of The Sunday Independent Life Magazine and members of the Restaurants Association of Ireland. All nominees were then assessed by regional judging panels, made up of industry experts. All county winners will now compete for the regional and All-Ireland title, which will be announced at the Irish Restaurant Awards in the Burlington Hotel,

Dublin on May 14. There are three components to the second phase of the selection process and each element is independently assessed by KPMG. During the month of April all county winners will receive a mystery guest visit and this component of the awards is conducted by Prism Consulting, headed by Hugo Arnold, independent food writer and consultant. The National Awards Academy, made up of representatives from each of the regional judging panels, will meet in May to judge the winners, who will also be asked to submit a copy of their food menu and wine list for judging.





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NEWS IN BRIEF History group CUIMHNEAMH an Chláir, the Clare Oral History and Folklore Group, will hold a Come Here Till I tell Ya event, which allows the public to listen to recordings made by the group. The event, which follows a similar event held in Ennis last November, takes place at Kildysart Community Centre on Thursday, April 12, beginning at 8pm and includes special guests, the Kildysart Wren Boys. Come Here Till I tell Ya gives the public a chance to hear the voices of some of Clare’s oldest citizens recollecting an older and fading way of life. Cuimhneamh an Chláir (Memories of Clare) is a voluntary and independent group who digitally record, archive and share the memories, folklore and tradition of Clare’s oldest citizens. Their collectors, or cuairteoirí, have now recorded the recollections of over 240 Clare people between the ages of 65 and 106. Selections of recordings will be played in a relaxed atmosphere and there will be an opportunity for those who come to discuss or add to these memories, if they wish. All are welcome to attend and admission is free. For further information, contact clarememories@ or phone Jackie Elger on 086 1760280.

Jukebox opera DUBLIN Youth Opera Company next week presents its production Big Brother – A Jukebox Opera in aid of Sláinte an Chláir Clare Cancer Support. DYOC will be joined by special guests Broadway Dance at Seaworld Hall, Lahinch. The DYOC formed in 2011 and in their inaugural tour raised over €6,000 for hospices around Ireland. The group is formed of current students from the DIT Conservatory of Music and includes members who have performed with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, OTC, Opera Ireland, The Irish Baroque Orchestra and Lyric Opera. “Our jukebox operas take well-known pieces from the media of opera, operetta and musical theatre and present them in a fun and accessible format. Big Brother includes highlights from Carmen, La Bohème, La Traviata, Die Fledermaus and Les Misérables. Doors open at 7.30pm on Tuesday, April 10 at Seaworld Hall.

Friday, April 6, 2012


Miniature hobby just keeps growing Dan Danaher A KILKISHEN-based haulage contractor is getting all revved up for the second Clare Diecast and Model Show in the West County Hotel, Ennis, on Sunday, April 15. While most people don’t mix their work with recreation, Brian Kavanagh has turned his work into an intriguing hobby. Inspired by other collectors for what is believed to be one of fastest-growing hobbies in Ireland, Brian the collector has now become Brian the show organiser. Exhibitors from all over the country will come together for the charity show from 11am to 5pm to display all types of miniature trucks, heavy haulage, plant equipment, cranes, farm equipment, rally cars, a train station and aeroplanes. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Clare Crusaders’ Clinic in Barefield, which provides therapy for more than 190 special needs children with autistic spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, Downe syndrome and other conditions. Run on a voluntary basis, services are free of charge and include speech therapy, occupational therapy, special education, physiotherapy and reflexology. Clare Crusaders does not receive Government funding and relies on the fundraising and donations to generate the €250,000 required each year

to maintain its existing services. Working trucks and cranes for a living, Brian always had an interest in machinery, plant and haulage. When he was a child he loved playing with Britians toys. Two-and-half-years ago, he saw a model truck on the internet with the Kavanagh name on it and bought it. It literally took off from collecting diecasts to participating and organising shows. In addition to model plant hire and haulage equipment, Brian hopes to have an exact replica of 1,200 ton mobile crane, which is the biggest mobile crane in the world. Erecting a replica wind turbine as his display, it will also include model trucks and trailers drawing in the turbine parts to the site. Another man is finishing off a model Glasson Village outside Athlone. With the help of aerial photographs, he has produced a striking replica of the village including details such as the cars, trees and grass. Another collector is replicating a rally stage with racing cars and crashed vehicles. Other exhibitors will have models of machines doing quarry work, farm work and planes. Brian insists people have to see the dioramas to really appreciate all the imagination and creativity that goes into them. “Collectors use their imagi-

ALMOST one year on from the worst wildfires in the history of the State, officials from Clare’s main farming organisations and emergency services have launched an awareness campaign in relation to the dangers posed by illegal burning and forest, bog and gorse fires. In late April and early May 2011, wildfires destroyed thousands of hectares of land across much of the country, including County Clare. Clare County Fire and Rescue Service attended blazes at Connolly, Mountshannon, Moyasta and Lissycasey, among other locations. Representatives from Clare IFA, Coillte, Teagasc, An Garda Síochana and Clare County Fire and Rescue Service met this week to launch a public awareness campaign. “The highest risk period occurs between March and June, when ground vegetation is dead and dry following the winter period. The current warm spell of weather will do little to reduce this

risk,” explained Adrian Kelly, chief fire officer. He continued, “We would like to remind landowners that it is an offence under the Wildlife Act to burn growing vegetation between March 1 and August 31 in any year, on any land not then cultivated. The sad fact is that if this simple rule was adhered to, many costly and dangerous wildfires would be avoided. Last year, for example, an estimated 16,000 hectares were destroyed nationally, resulting in €20 million in costs and damages.” Commenting on the issue of backyard and uncontrolled burning, Mr Kelly said, “Uncontrolled burning can result in loss of life as well as damage to property. It is often mistakenly seen as a cheap method of managing waste and it is presumed not to be harmful to the environment but nothing could be further from the truth. Controlled burning should follow the procedure of

Clare Ogra CLARE Ogra CDC will hold a meeting this Friday at 8pm in the Auburn Lodge Hotel, Ennis. Items to be discussed include the Mahon Tribunal, future events for Clare Ogra and a debrief of the Ard Fheis. The meeting is for members of Clare Ogra but is open to the public.

Shannon news welcomed CLARE TD Joe Carey has welcomed comments made by Transport Minister Leo Varadkar last week about the future of Shannon.“The minister outlined that he favoured plans to resuscitate Shannon by establishing a “separation plus” model. This new entity will involve an independent airport working with other agencies boosted by a tax-incentivised international aviation-based services centre and supported by the private sector. This bold proposal will attract substantial new business to Shannon in industries such as aircraft refitting and recycling. The idea would be that Shannon could become a world leader in this type of business and I fully support this vision,” he said.

■ Brian Kavanagh, organiser of the Clare Diecast and Model Show, which takes place on Sunday, April 15 in the West County Hotel, with proceeds going towards the Clare Crusaders Clinic. He is pictured at the launch with his daughter, Lily. Photograph by John Kelly

Limited editions are available from Collectors’ Toys in Cork. He is an agent for techno trucks and commissions all Irish models. His daughter, Lily, who is

almost five years old, is also “tractor and truck mad” and has her own individual collection. “She loves all this kind of stuff. She loves coming to the shows with me and will

sit down behind the table and appreciate it.” There will be a full Irish collection at the show as well as an agent selling items ranging from dinky cars for €10

with limited edition trucks and cranes costing up to €500. For further information, contact Brian Kavanagh at 087 2914608.

ensuring that any burning is pre-planned and takes place in a controlled fashion. The Fire Service must also be notified through the 999/112 system prior to any burning taking place.” Meanwhile, Clare IFA chairman Andrew Dundas reminded farmers to be aware of their obligations and the implications of burning old vegetation, scrub and gorse. “Reckless and malicious burning cannot be tolerated as it can spread to private and State-owned forestry plantations and jeopardise the safety of dwellings and families living in rural areas and also places an unnecessary strain and expense on the limited resources of the county fire service,” he explained. Details of the laws in relation to burning, and additional guidance are available on the Council website, www.

welcomes new members NEW members were welcomed to the annual general meeting of Muintir an Chlair, the Clare Association in Dublin, at Wynn’s Hotel last Wednesday night. The meeting reviewed an active and successful year for the association. Among the events highlighted were presentations to the Clare Person of the Year (Chris Droney, Bellharbour) and Hall of Fame Award (Pat and Neilus O’Doherty, Ennistymon) and the Martin Corry Memorial Walk, which raised funds for the Clare branch of Enable Ireland. The chairman, Liam O’Looney, said in the past year the deaths had taken place of a number of their members, including Paddy King and Eamon Rodgers, former chairmen; Willie Noonan, a founding member and William Hannon and Martin Forbes. Officers elected for the coming year are: Pat O’Donnell, (president); Mary Barry (vicepresident); Liam O’Looney (chairman); Dr Tom Hillery, (vice-chairman); Pauline Cum-

mins (secretary); Brian Considine and Mary Browne (joint treasurers); Gerry O’ Reilly (PRO); Bishop Kieran O’Reilly (patron); Brother Sean MacNamara (Clare representative) and Fr Paddy Sheehan (chaplin). Prior to the start of the meeting mass for deceased and living was celebrated by Monsignor Tom Stack in the unavoidable absence of Fr Paddy Sheehan. The next meeting of Muintir an Chlair will be held on Wednesday, April 18,at 8.30pm in the Addison Lodge Hotel, Glasnevin. Upcoming events include a talk on genealogy by Patrick J Waldron and organised by Clare Association president, Pat O’Donnell in Wynn’s Hotel on April 30 at 8 pm. Places are limited and those attending are asked to contact Pauline Cummins, secretary, at 01 8531037. The association will also have an involvement in a hurling-shinty event in Ennis during the October bank holiday weekend.

■ Declan Casey and Martin Meaney from Coast to Coast Insulation with Tom Murphy, Modern Homes & Buildings Exhibition, preparing for the latest exhibition at the West County Hotel.

A CLARE resident has hit the jackpot in this month’s Prize Bonds Millionaire draw, becoming the second millionaire from the Banner County in just eight months. The winning bond number for the €1m prize was MZ 386837 and was purchased in 2010. In fact, Clare is proving to be a very lucky county for Prize bond holders. Eight months ago, a Clare resident became an instant millionaire while just five weeks ago another resident also scooped the weekly top prize of €20,000.

CLARE County Council has said it will hire a traffic warden to work in Miltown Malbay for the peak season. Councillor Michael Hillery recently asked the local authority to hire a traffic warden for the West Clare town for a 10-week period during the 2012 summer. A council representative confirmed that it would do so.

nation to mirror real life. One man with a model port has trucks getting ready to take the catch from fishing trawlers to go on roads, with fencing and lighting. “It is a great charity and a novel idea because a large number of people haven’t seen these shows. This is the second Clare show, which is even bigger with more traders and exhibitors. “It is a big hobby in Ireland and these shows are bringing a lot of lads out to display their own collection. Collectors are displaying and discussing what they have with other exhibitors. Guys love to talk about their hobby, what they collect, what it is worth and how they got into it,” he explained. “It is an unique type of a hobby. It is great for children because it encourages creativity, imagination to think and look at what they are doing. “Some collectors are using household objects to make something using their imagination. People are constantly thinking, how can I do this and how can I make it better. “You may see something on the road like a windfarm, take a few pictures and think how this would look well on your own display,” he said. All of Brian’s pieces are collector’s items. There are only 150 of one of his model trucks in the world. Another truck is limited 300 worldwide. These ones are livered with special company names embossed on them.

Warning over wildfires threat Clare Association

€1m prize bond win

Traffic warden

The Clare Champion P14

■ Trish O’Rourke, cancer services manager, Mid-Western Regional Hospital, volunteer, driver, Claire Greene, Doonmore, Doonbeg and Gail Flinter of the Irish Cancer Society.

Modern homes exhibition THE Modern Homes & Building Exhibitions arrives at The West County Hotel, Ennis, on April 28 and 29. For those in the business of building, renovating, extending or decorating, homes should book a stand at this exhibition, as a large number of visitors are expected to attend the event over the three days. They will be arriving with their house plans and questions for building a new home,

adding an extension or improving their existing home. It is a perfect way to see the latest products and services available on the marketplace. The show represents one of the most cost-effective ways to bring together buyers and sellers in a face-to-face environment that generates results. The West County is an ideal location, offering all the facilities required for the exhibition and is the perfect shop-front to

meet a large volume of people all under one roof. There will be lots of hot bargains for visitors, including special discounts on offer by most exhibitors each day. Whatever people need, there is sure to be someone there to help with a project, so be prepared and bring your house plans. For further information and enquiries visit or email

Combined strategy sought for the Irish language CONRADH na Gaeilge wants governments north and south of the border to agree on a combined and interactive allIreland strategy for the Irish language. A proposal from Donnchadh Ó hAodha that the two governments agree a strategy through the NorthSouth Ministerial Council was unanimously adopted at Con-

radh na Gaeilge’s Ard-Fheis in Ennis at the weekend. Mr Ó hAodha, who was reelected president of Conradh na Gaeilge, said the community and authorities should take ownership of the combined strategy. Over 150 people attended the Ard-Fheis, which consisted of training workshops, entertainment events and discus-

sions on the motions that set out the Conradh na Gaeilge agenda for the year ahead. Ferdie Mac an Fhailligh, chief executive of Foras na Gaeilge; Páidí Ó Lionáird, presenter of Irish-language programme 7 Lá and columnist with Gaelscéal and Maolsheachlainn Ó Caollaí, past president of Conradh na Gaeilge, shared their insights.

Patients being driven by initiative Dan Danaher DOONBEG woman Claire Greene is one of the Clare volunteers participating in an initiative that transports oncology patients to and from their hospital treatments free of charge. Care to Drive is a volunteer-led transport initiative, which recruits volunteers to take patients to and from their hospital treatments. The scheme was developed and administered by the Irish Cancer Society and operates in co-operation with the MidWestern Regional Hospital, Dooradoyle, Limerick. The programme is aimed at those patients with an identified

need for transportation assistance. The Irish Cancer Society manages all aspects of the volunteer drivers including training, support and supervision. The confidential service is free to both the hospital and the patient, with volunteers being paid a contribution towards their fuel allowance and tolls. Volunteer drivers have been trained, Garda vetted and have appropriate insurance. The scheme transports clients from their place of residence to the treatment centre or to an appropriate dropoff/collection point for a bus. It works in association with existing services to improve

the experience of cancer patients and offers individualised service, where possible. The scheme currently has over 100 volunteer drivers. With funding to hospitals being reduced and many services being stopped, Gail Flinter, Care to Drive programme co-ordinator with the Irish Cancer Society, explained vulnerable patients need the service for a number of reasons. These include patients living on their own with little or no immediate family support and patients whose family isn’t in the immediate vicinity or who can’t take time off to transport their loved ones to hospital. Some elderly pa-

tients or their spouse can’t drive while sometimes patients are advised not to drive for medical reasons. “It might not seem like a big deal to drive a family member to and from hospital but some treatments can last a number of months or even years, with some patients having monthly, fortnightly or even weekly appointments, so that’s a lot of pressure on immediate family and friends,” she said. The scheme is open to take new referrals. Applications for assistance through the scheme can be made though the Medical Social Worker, Mid-Western Cancer Centre, 061 482896.

IN APPRECIATION: EDWARD G STAUNTON, ENNIS THE death took place recently of Edward G Staunton, Ennis, former Clare county surgeon. He was county surgeon from 1950 until his retirement in 1987 when attached to what was then known as the County Hospital, Ennis. During his career, he was one of the country’s leading and most distinguished surgeons. He also enjoyed the

reputation of being one of the most reliable and carried out many major operations successfully at the County Hospital. Also a reputable and first-class orthopaedic surgeon and gynaecologist, he worked long hours and was always on call. Prior to coming to Ennis, he was surgeon in Cashel and before that he practised in Barnsley, England. Many messages of sympathy ■ The late Edward G Staunton.

and appreciation have been received since his death. They praised Mr Staunton for his surgical skills and one man thanked him from saving him from a leg amputation many years ago. In his 96th year and a native of Freshford, County Kilkenny, Mr Staunton was a keen angler and enjoyed many outings with members of the Ennis and District Anglers Association.

He was also a competitive golfer as a member of both Ennis and Lahinch golf clubs, winning a number of trophies and competitions. He was captain of Ennis Golf Club in 1954 and was the club’s longest-surviving former captain. For years, he lived in the county surgeon’s house (now the outpatients department) with his English-born wife,

Joan, and on his retirement they moved to their new home at Ballycoree, outside Ennis. Joan died a number of years ago. In recent years Mr Staunton was a patient at Cahercalla Community Hospital, where his death took place on Wednesday, March 14. His remains were removed on March 15 to St Joseph’s Hospital, Ennis, where mass was celebrated

the following day. The chief celebrant was Fr Patrick Conway, who paid tribute to the late Mr Staunton. Among the concelebrants was the retired Bishop of Killaloe, Willie Walsh. The funeral took place to Drumcliffe cemetery. Mr Staunton is survived by his nieces, nephew, grandnephews, grandnieces and friends.

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Airport decision delayed AT the end of February, the long-awaited Booz Report into the future of Shannon was published, outlining five options as to how things might progress. Booz expressed a preference for the concession model. “The introduction of a holding entity at Shannon Airport with the objective of appointing an appropriate airport board and facilitating a long-term operating concession would bring a number of benefits over the current situation and is considered the preferred option for Shannon, based on the evaluation criteria,” the report stated. With room for local authority and Shannon Development involvement, Booz said the concession model would give full autonomy for the development of traffic and allow specialist airport operators and passenger and cargo business developers to be recruited to the management team. It was up to Transport Minister Leo Varadkar to make the final decision and it was thought unlikely he would reject the recommendations from the consultants. He set Easter as the target for his announcement but that won’t be achieved. Last week, at a Shannon Chamber function, the minister said he would “bring a proposal in principle” to Government by the end of April but “it’d be silly for me to put a deadline on it”. Creating another bit of wriggle room, he explained from then on, it would be over to the Government to make a decision and move on to setting up an interim board or task force to devise a business plan while new legislation is being prepared. There were lot of disappointed people at the Shannon Chamber event last week when Mr Varadkar failed to shed light on what exactly he intends to recommend to his Cabinet colleagues. He was less than enthusiastic in dealing with some questions. Among those who were unhappy with the replies they received from the minister were two retired Shannon executives, who showed strong leadership during a period of considerable expansion at the airport. This week, Michael Guerin, a former airport general manager, and Michael Hanrahan, a former head of finance at Shannon, who was involved in Aer Rianta International and served as general manager of Shannon Duty Free, outlined the points Mr Varadkar failed the address. They claimed the airport would still be financially robust if it received a rightful share of Aer Rianta International (ARI) profits and proper compensation for a Government requirement to stay open 24/7, something they believe costs Shannon up to €4 million a year. They noted ARI had been established and driven by Shannon, with the top executives based there for 23 years. While the chief executive of ARI was going through the chief executive in the company in Dublin, the Shannonbased business team went out and got the business. Mr Guerin and Mr Hanrahan have a terrific insight into Shannon Airport as a commercial entity and Minister Varadkar might get some good advice should he choose to meet them.

A growing population DESPITE the scourge of emigration, the population of County Clare increased by 6,396 (5.1%) in the five years up to Census Day, April 10, 2011. This is to be welcomed as it indicates a continuity of families in most areas, as well as newcomers establishing Clare as their new home. At 117,196, the population of the county is at its highest since the 1870s, when it was close to 148,000. It is also quite a long way up from the low point of 1966, where there were just 73,597 people living in Clare, a time when Ireland was emerging from an era of economic depression and mass emigration. The Central Statistics Office publication gives an overview of the statistics relating to population and population change, including geographic distribution, age, marital status, households and families, migration, nationality, ethnicity, Irish language, religion and housing. Further publications in the coming months will examine the census themes in greater detail. The 2011 population figure for Clare would have been higher but for the latest wave of emigration. With somewhere in the region of 11,000 unemployed in Clare, there’s not much for the young generation to hang around for. They are joining the exodus of those who are setting their sights on any place abroad that might offer them hope of a job. Australia has become the new frontier for job hunters, although some are now looking at Canada as well as the traditional options of the US and Britain. As so often in the past, Ireland has a safety valve to relieve the pressure of unemployment and economic crisis. The latest figures for Clare show a continuing imbalance in population density in areas across the county. Broadly speaking, Clare’s most populated areas are in a narrow corridor following the line of the dual carriageway/motorway between Limerick and Gort. Accessibility is key when it comes to people gravitating to particular towns and villages and the improved road network has further enhanced this. Ennis, Shannon, Sixmilebridge and Newmarket-onFergus enjoy the lion’s share of the population. Kilrush, the principal town in West Clare and North Clare capital, Ennistymon also fall into the most densely-populated category. A surge in population of 30% or more was recorded in Quin, Sixmilebridge, Parteen and Tulla, which can be accounted for by their close proximity to Ennis, Shannon and Limerick. This level of growth was also seen in Bodyke and Tuamgraney/Scariff and, somewhat surprisingly, in Liscannor/Lahinch. Significant growth, in the range of 20-30%, was also recorded in Clonlara and Crusheen, again within the highly populated corridor, in addition to Lissycasey, which is also within striking distance of this belt. Elsewhere, Kilrush and Fanore had considerable population growth. The least populated areas are the Loop Head peninsula, Mount Callan and along the Clare/Galway border, mainly due to lack of employment. The least population change has occurred in Lisdoonvarna, Doolin, Connolly, Labasheeda, Kildysart, Carrigaholt, Cree, Kilbaha and Cross. They also suffered the ignominy of an unoccupied housing rate of more than 25%. The balance between male and female residents varies by as much as six percentage points in many areas but, overall, females came through with a majority of 600; 58,898 compared with 58,298. The census is a valuable exercise, providing valuable information that can be used as guide to identify what problems need to be addressed in various parts of the county. While the results didn’t reveal too much that we didn’t know already, now there is updated analytical evidence to back up submissions to any Government agency.

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World Autism Awareness Day SIR – Last Monday was World Autism Awareness Day, which aimed to highlight the increased prevalence of autism worldwide, improve understanding and emphasise the importance of early diagnosis and intervention in young children. Autism is a complex neuro-developmental disorder, which affects the development of the brain in areas of social interaction and communication in young children, usually becoming apparent between 18 months and three years of age. We simply do not know the cause of the condition but research has shown that there is a genetic-predisposition to it and that ‘environmental triggers’ appear to play a part. There are many symptoms, some subtle and some quite obvious. They include speech delay, poor eye contact, repetitive behaviours, very poor play skills and severe learning difficulties. Autism is significantly more common in boys than girls and the rate of diagnosis worldwide has increased dramatically in recent years. This is, undoubtedly, in part due to improved diagnostic procedures but more worryingly it is also very clear that the condition itself is becoming more widespread – thus the need for improved awareness of the condition. Autism is referred to as a ‘spectrum disorder’ (ASD) as the condition varies significantly from one person to another and there are a number of related conditions. The spectrum of disorders also includes Asperser’s Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Rett Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). Children with autism usually appear perfectly normal. Autism is not a mental illness and it is not an indication of genius. A tiny percentage of autistic people display remarkable talents but the vast majority are not so gifted. As a life-long condition for which there is no ‘cure’, it affects children and adults of all ages. We all know people who display ‘odd’ behaviours. They may or may not have a diagnosis of an ASD. In promoting Autism Awareness Day, we ask the public to pause and think when they encounter an adult or child displaying what might be considered ‘socially unacceptable behaviour’, perhaps in the supermarket or in public. That child may not be simply unruly or bold. He may be experiencing what we call sensory-processing difficulties. Patience and understanding is what we ask, not judgement. And for the often stressed-out parent, a smile would be most welcome. EVA (Ennis Voices for Autism) is a free support group for parents of children with any ASD. We meet on the first Thursday of each month for an informal chat and occasional guest speaker. New members are particularly welcome. For more information, simply text your name and the word EVA to 086 8120055 or email the word EVA to Gearóid Mannion, Secretary, EVA – Ennis Voices for Autism.

Some simple kindness, please SIR – Well, I have now done my civic duty and paid the household tax. I have done so with mixed feelings. On the one hand I can see how important it is for our country to raise funds to sustain our economy, while on the other I am saddened by the way that this Government has handled the enforcement of this policy. There is such a thing as simple human kindness and understanding. For some, the payment of this tax may not be a problem, for others to find an extra €100 on top of food bills and other utility bills may be a source of great anxiety and stress. The language of the Government has, to say the least, been hostile, with the threat of penalties and criminalisation being used in the media, as well as constant reminders to us, and the numbers of people who have not paid, while we have also been told that it is normal behaviour for people to behave like this and not to pay until the deadline. It appears that the Government is treating us all like a herd of cattle, corralling the masses towards the tax gate. I am angry at being treated like this. I am even more angry that there has been no provision for people struggling. I know that

some people may be able to pay in instalments but I fear that without some kind of means testing, many are still going to find the future difficult. This has increased the general anxiety of many people who are anxious about the future. I understand that we are in the middle of one of the worst global recessions in modern history and I can see that austerity measures may well be necessary. But let us not lose sight of common human kindness, let us not forget that people are genuinely suffering and let us make provision to hear their voices in the system through some kind of means testing. If we do not do this now, it may cost people their homes and their health. Making Government decisions is not a right given by an election, it is a matter of privilege given by the electorate and a matter of trust handed from the electorate to the individuals elected. Our lives, at such difficult times, are literally in their hands. I have had to pay as I have enough on my plate without the threat of being chased for non-compliance. I am angry, saddened and ashamed of this Government. Richard O’Gorman, Feakle.

Making our voices heard SIR – All around the country – in the cities, towns and in rural Ireland – people are shouting ‘Stop’. But the Government, like its predecessor, isn’t listening. Fine Gael and Labour have only ears for Brussels and Berlin. So, the German and other foreign banks are looked after, while we in rural Ireland and our sisters and brothers in urban Ireland pay the price. On April 14 we will have an opportunity to make Labour hear us, when it meets in NUI Galway for its national conference. We are calling on the people of rural Ireland to join us on that day to make our voices heard outside Labour’s Árd Fheis. We will assemble at 2pm at Eyre Square. In many instances, the Labour Party is in the forefront of the attacks on our rural communities. Our grievances are many: 1. 600 small schools are being downgraded and there are cutbacks in all schools. 2. The health system is a scandalous mess and it is worst in areas which are not near the cities. 3. Housing: the building of social housing in rural areas has been ended by the Government. 4. Septic tanks tax: Phil Hogan’s scheme in unclear and totally unfair. 5. Household tax: making the Irish people pay the gambling debts of foreign speculators. 6. Rural post offices, an essential part of rural life, are being closed. 7. Rural garda stations are under threat and patrol cars are being recalled from rural areas. 8. Social welfare recipients are being harassed

by Joan Burton, while the rich elite, who caused the crisis, are treated with kid gloves. 9. Turf cutting is still not resolved. The Labour Party has not lifted a finger to achieve a solution. 10. Fracking is being encouraged, while turf cutting is prohibited. 11. Our natural resources are being handed over by Pat Rabbitte to foreign companies with absolutely no benefit accruing to the Irish people. 12. The Irish language is being treated with contempt. 13. Údarás na Gaeltachta is being diminished with the blessing of Brendan Howlin. 14. The Community Employment schemes are being downgraded. Bígí ann. Pádraic an Táilliúra Ó Conghaola Councillor Seosamh Ó Cuaig Conamara, Co na Gaillimhe.

Need for organised pedestrianisation SIR – I read with interest the comments of councillors regarding the pedestrianisation of Ennis in The Clare Champion of Friday, March 30. At the outset, I am sure that we all want what is best for our unique and lovely town. The life blood of trade are customers and therefore we must endeavour to make our town as amenable, attractive, accessible and comfortable as possible for all our customers. To this end, it is simply not good enough to merely close off streets to vehicular traffic causing chaos and confusion. We must be customer friendly. May I respectfully suggest that we look at the real picture?What is the alternative to vehicular traffic coming over Club Bridge? Also, traffic from Francis Street is converging on Abbey Street, via Abbey Street car park and moving onto Bank Place, turning right and maybe exiting the town. When deciding on the closure of streets, there must be proper traffic management and parking facilities. Furthermore, signage is very important, guiding tourists to various car park locations. In all, footfall is vital to trade and convenience is essential for customers. In my opinion, pedestrianisation on Saturdays, provided it is well organised, having regard to the above problems, would be a welcome development. But I have grave doubts about the successful implementation of pedestrianisation from Mondays to Fridays, unless there is a combination of local government action and business acumen, all working together to keep our town attractive and vibrant and to ensure free-flowing traffic. Saturday is usually the busy family shopping day and we must cater for people where they

can happily walk and browse through our network of streets with prams, buggies and wheelchairs. Mondays to Fridays involve delivery trucks and haulage carriers. The economic slump has resulted in shop closures in every town in Ireland. Sadly, Ennis is no exception. In all, 50,000 jobs have been lost in retail in Ireland. Many visitors are very complimentary of Ennis having such a wide variety of shops, value for money and customer service. It is fair to say that Ennis is hard to beat, despite some criticism. Nobody wants Ennis to become a ghost town. The council has played its part with floral displays and keeping our streets clean and that is very much appreciated by all. Shopping habits have changed. People travel to shopping centres and, of course, internet shopping is another factor. Ennis has so much to offer. It is a lovely town, with hotels, restaurants and a huge variety of shops and supermarkets. To keep our town vibrant and attractive to customers, it is paramount that any new plans for the town will favour the customers and not cause any disruption to Ennis shoppers. Pat MacCarthy, O’Connell Street, Ennis.

Non-truth or amnesia? SIR – While I fully agree with your editorial last week, I feel it should also have mentioned the following. Alan Dukes also knew of the corruption in 1993 and did nothing about it. In 1993, Frank Dunlop told John Bruton that Tom Hand had an offer of £100,000 for Quarryvale and if he wanted his support, he would have to give him £250,000. Frank Dunlop told this to Mr Bruton, who retorted neither Fine Gael nor the world were populated with angels. Frank Dunlop revealed this to the Mahon Tribunal in 2000. Mr Bruton immediately diaspatched his council to flatly deny this. When Dunlop gave evidence under oath in 2007, Mr Bruton returned to the tribunal and said that the phrase no angels in Fine Gael sort of rung a bell in his ear. To say the least, the 2000 denial and the 2007 statement are in variance with each other. Mr Bruton became Taoiseach of the country and whilst knowing this information, did nothing about it. Could one interpret the 2000 statement as a non-truth or just a temporary bout of amnesia? Furthermore, the two Clare councillors who have revealed they were offered bribes, should they not have advised the relevant authority at the time? Tom Quinn, Delwood Grove, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

A life of Easter moments Fr Brendan Quinlivan I DEEPLY appreciate the great care and concern shown by people towards me as I enter Holy Week. Very few conversations happen with people during these weeks without someone remarking that this is my busy time. It happens so often these days that I find myself wondering if they think I have trouble putting down the day at other times of the year. Being busy seems to be the new tyranny of modern living. We feel that in order for life to be meaningful, we have to be busy. Time has become the new currency as we grow increasingly concerned about how we might spend it or save it. We talk about investing our time in projects the way we once spoke of investing our money in property or banks. My great fear is that we become so busy doing, that we lose sight of the value of simply being. It seems that we always have to be engaged in activity, even when we spend time with each other. If someone calls, our first thought is often about what we can do to entertain them; make tea, prepare food and so on. Yet the simple truth is that the best

way to show true respect for our visitors is to sit with them and be fully present for them. I find myself thinking of my grandparents when I think about being present to someone. I didn’t really know them as young and vigorous people. By the time I became part of their lives, their years of being busy and active were behind them. I know that those lives were filled with history and adventure. When I think about them I realise that their lives were punctuated by wars of one kind or another. They lived through two world wars, participated in the War of Independence, struggled along with their neighbours in the Economic War and still managed to come through them all unscathed. By the time I came into their lives, the days of war were behind them and they were truly living in a time of peace. They sat for most of the day at either side of the fire. The things that gave joy to their lives were simple pleasures. I remember Granda doing the crossword each day in The Irish Independent and being especially pleased if he managed to complete it without resorting to help from the huge old dictionary that sat con-

stantly beside his chair. I think of Granny checking the clock in case she would miss Bunny Carr’s Going Strong on a Tuesday afternoon. Most of all, I remember the silence and peace. Much of their time was spent in silence and I know it wasn’t just while I was at the table doing lessons. I often wondered if, after over 50 years together, had they simply said all that needed to be said? All they needed now was to be in each other’s company. Sitting together was enough. Even a stranger could observe an unbreakable bond between them that had no need for words. The silence between them was not an empty one. It was filled with love and memories. The communication between them had a richness that seemed to go beyond words. In many ways their silence was the most eloquent testimony to the power of being present to someone you love. Truth be told, the only way you could tell if they had a disagreement over something was if you went into the room and Granny had her chair turned away from the fire and was looking out the window towards Casey’s and the school and mutter-

ing under her breath. I find a certain irony in that. While silence and stillness indicated their closeness, it was activity and words that showed the temporary glitch in their relationship. The day Granny died was the first time in my life that I remember Granda not attempting the crossword. Just three months later, he followed her into eternal life. No matter what the medical records state, I can only diagnose that he died of a broken heart. The scene of my grandparents at either side of the fire often makes me think of Holy Thursday and the scene in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus just wanted someone to “sit” with him – not talk, not tell him everything would be all right, just be there. It mattered to him that they were there with him, even if there was nothing they could do. Why else would he ask them, “So you could not keep watch with me for one hour?” (Matthew 26:40) when they fell asleep? Sitting with them in my memory also makes me think of all the Easter moments I have experienced – the Palm Sundays when one of my siblings first heralded their children’s arrival at birth and the sub-

sequent years we have spent cheering for them simply for being who they are. I have experienced the communion and service of Holy Thursday as I watched Ann wash her kids’ feet when they were babies, counting each toe as she went. Come to think of it, our whole lives often mirror this most important week in our religion. In hindsight, some of those moments that at the time may have seemed insignificant can become profound memories. I remember the Good Friday moments too when the bad news came, the sudden death, the diagnosis of a serious illness and we just sat together not saying a word. However, the fact that we were together is what mattered. Sometimes, the most important thing we can do as parents, children, friends and siblings is simply show up. That is the beauty of this season. Even though we must endure our share of Holy Weeks and Good Fridays, there is always the promise and hope of those Easter moments to which we can look forward. In the meantime, as we go through life’s many Holy Weeks, let’s remember to be open and present to life’s moments, situations and, most importantly, each other.

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€1m work outstanding before Westbury takeover IMPROVEMENT works costing an estimated €1 million is needed in one of the largest housing estates in South-East Clare, a local senior engineer has revealed. Senior executive engineer Hugh McGrath has estimated the large scale work needs to be done before Clare County Council can take in charge the Westbury Housing Estate. Mr McGrath told a recent meeting of the Killaloe Electoral Area that he didn’t have a definite date as to when the council would be in a position to take Westbury in charge. Acknowledging the frustration being expressed by local county councillors about the delay, Mr McGrath said when he joined the council as an engineer in 2001 he was sent to Westbury to complete some work in relation to assessing what work needed to be done.

“Negotiations are continuing with the insurance companies holding bonds on this estate. While progress has been very slow, it is anticipated that sufficient information will be in place in the next six to eight weeks to determine the positions of each party with a view to reaching a conclusion. “Some improvement works have been carried out by the insurance company already in the areas of storm drainage, lighting, and survey work CCTV and water auditing as well as minimal ongoing maintenance of the infrastructure, which is the responsibility of the receivers and or liquidators of the former developers, McInerney and Chieftain, “The council are active in ensuring the most expedient conclusion of this issue,” he said. He provided the update following a joint notice of motion tabled

■ €1 million of improvement works are needed in the Westbury Housing Estate

by Councillors Pascal Fitzgerald and Cathal Crowe requesting an update of the taking in charge of

the Westbury Housing Estate and details of any works that have been carried out recently.

Singing signs of things to come A TALENTED young Ardnacrusha teenager looks set to have a singing career in the future after scooping a double success in a recent All-Ireland competition. Sinead Toomey (14) a second year pupil at Gaelcholaiste Luimní beat off stiff opposition to win the junior individual solo singing crown and the overall All-Ireland Sceilp competition at the Axis Theatre in Dublin recently. The all -rish competition included categories for solo singing, groups, dancing, drama and variety. Sinead wrote a song in Irish ‘I have changed’. which tells the story of how friendships can change your life and the benefits of having people who love you and are there for you in times of need. It was inspired by incidents in her own life that have shaped her as a person and was also influenced by people who she has come in contact with. She describes the song as a type of folk Indi Star ballad and loves all types of music and singers like Ben Howard and Damien Rice. “I was really surprised when I won this competition because the standard was extremely high. I entered the competition because I love performing and music is my passion. I

Stating that some parts of the Westbury Estate are 25 years old, Councillor Fitzgerald said three years ago he was informed that substantial progress had been made on the takeover of the estate. He claimed it was time the council sat down and “bit the bullet” in terms of resolving this issue to give some “peace of mind” to local residents. Proposing the work to bring the estate up to a reasonable standard could be done on a phased basis, he said it is a joke for the Government to be looking for people to pay the €100 household charge while some residents in Westbury don’t have the benefit of basic services. Councillor Crowe recalled about 18 months ago there was a major sewerage blockage in the estate affecting at least 12 houses where residents were forced to get sewer

rods to try and free up the system. “I don’t think this is happening in Mongolia. When the water mains burst during the freeze up two years ago, the council couldn’t go in and help local residents,” he said. He said there is an incorrect perception that the proceeds from the household charge would result in a lot of additional local authority services in South-East Clare. A number of councillors expressed concern about how some houses in unfinished estates were exempt from the household charge and other dwellings were not. Councillor Pat Burke described the Government’s collection of the household charge as a “mess” and admitted the whole issue was not well handled. Councillor Fitzgerald was also critical of the Labour Party for not ensuring the administration of

the household charge was handled much better and not providing enough information to the public. Councillor Michael Begley expressed concern that a list of estates where safety works needed to be carried out was compiled by the council under Category Four and sent to the Department of the Environment where someone took a decision to link this with the exemption of the household charge. Senior executive officer Michael McNamara noted Clare County Council didn’t select what estate would be exempt from the household charge. Mayor of Clare, Councillor Pat Hayes said it was important to note that revenue from the household charge would support the provision of existing and not extra local authority services.

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■ Sinead being presented with her prize.

peformed in a school competition last Christmas and won that as well. “Music is something I would like to pursue in the future and hopefully this win can act as a stepping stone to help me over the coming years,” she said.

She is the daughter of Ger and Anna. School principal, Donnacha O’Treasaigh was thrilled with her success. Her mother, Anna, who was also delighted with her win, said it was a great break to get at such a young age.

€50,000 for School Road repair in Parteen CLARE County Council has allocated €50,000 to repair the School Road in Parteen village, according to Councillor Cathal Crowe. At a meeting in January, Councillor

Dawn mass by the lake for Easter THE Ogonnolloe Parish Council has organised the celebration of a special dawn mass for the second time in Two Mile Gate, Killaloe on Easter Sunday morning at 5.45pm. The chief celebrant will be Fr Donagh O’Meara, parish priest of Ogonnelloe, Bodyke and Tuamgraney. Fr O’Meara is expecting a large crowd for what promises to be a very special occasion against the backdrop of such a picturesque location. Last year, about 200 people attended. “A dawn mass has a special attraction during Easter, people will come to this mass who would not normally go to Sunday mass. It is a beautiful location to have a mass on the green amenity area against the background of the lake. All are welcome to attend this very special event,” he said. Parishioners are also invited to participate in the walk up the hill cemetery for the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday afternoon. Meanwhile, Fr O’Meara, who is assisting with the establishment of a new community group with the help of local residents including Seamus Bane, Peadar Casey and Pat Mooney, described a recent community walk as a “great success”. Over 100 people participated in the walk, which started in Ogonnelloe, went up what is known locally as the bog road on to Blackguard’s Hill. Fr O’Meara said the group is trying to organise a number of community activities to unite residents, particularly those who may be new to the area or have moved into the locality in recent years.

Crowe said he tabled a motion calling on the council to urgently repair the road and install street lighting. While street lighting has been ruled out on the short-term, €50,000 was made available to repair and resurface the road.

“A series of deep potholes and jagged protruding stones have caused untold damage to cars. In early January, I punctured two tyres on my own car whilst driving on the road,” he said.

CLAIMS that the taxpayer will have to fork out over €352 million to construct a controversial new motorway through South-East Clare have been refuted by Clare County Council. The Lisnagry Action Group, which is opposing the construction of Phase Two of the Northern Distributor Road, has predicted the length of this route is similar to the existing Southern Ring Road, which cost about €352 million to complete. The proposed road has been recommended initially by the Fitzgerald Report (2007) on ‘Addressing issues of social exclusion in Moyross’. Since then, the group pointed out circumstances have changed after the downturn in the economy, the opening of the Limerick Tunnel and the subsequent drop in the projected volume of traffic. Currently, due to lower than projected volume of traffic through the tunnel the operator (Direct Route) is subsidised annually to the average amount of €6.7 million. The contract between the NRA and the tunnel operators is to run until 2035. Even with the current volume of traffic, the group warned the cost to taxpayer over the lifetime of the contract could be well over €153 million. It claimed this figure could even be higher if the volume of traffic declines further as a result of the new motorway. “In spite of all this, Clare County Council has forged ahead with the appointment of Roughan & O’Donovan to carry out the preliminary work on this motorway at the cost of €1.325 mil-

lion to the taxpayer. Subsequently, a number of routes were recommended by the consultants and a period of so called consultation was to follow. It is worth noting that all the consultations were held in County Clare and most of the County Limerick residents affected by the proposal and their county councillors were not made aware of the consultation phase,” the group stated. “The five recommended routes with docking points at the Groody roundabout, Kilmurray roundabout, Vistakon roundabout and the Dublin Road/Cappamore Junction were proposed,” they continued. “Considering the docking point at the Dublin Road/Cappamore Junction, this would necessitate a bridge over the river Shannon, and a two kilometre road possibly on stilts, through a flood plain, to reach the new traffic lights at this junction. The proposed bridge would cross the river Shannon at a wide point of 115 metres which, compared to for example the Vistakon option, which would clearly be a cheaper option where there is a 60m river crossing. “This would at least double the cost of crossing the river Shannon for this project. In these difficult times, can we afford to be so wasteful? In relation to the length of the road the Vistakon option would have only 0.5 kilometre of new road in comparison to the two kilometre road required for the Dublin road/Cappamore option,” the group added. The group estimated the Dublin road/Cappamore option would necessitate an extra bridge €3 million over the Mulcair River while the proposed emerging preferred route Dublin road/

Traffic restrictions in Purtill’s Hill TRAFFIC restrictions have been introduced by Clare County Council in Meelick to facilitate long-awaited repair work on a section of road at Purtill’s Hill, Meelick. Mounds of stone chipping were deposited near Meelick Church last Friday and council workers started mending and resurfacing the road surface last Monday.

This work is expected to last for two weeks and traffic restrictions will be in place from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday up until April 13. Councillor Cathal Crowe noted, “The road at Purtill’s Hill is both steep and narrow and in recent years it has struggled to accommodate the heavy volumes of traffic that travel on it on a daily basis.

Broadford run raises €30,000 IN the region of €30,000 has been raised for charities and projects in the Broadford parish over the last four years. Final preparations are now being made for the eagerly-awaited fifth Broadford 10km +1 run/ walk on Easter Monday at 2pm. In recent years, the parish fundraising committee has raised funds for charities such as MidWest Cancer Foundation, Raheen Hospital and the Alzheimer Society, as well as local capital projects. Committee secretary, Sharon O’Keeffe said the group could be rightly proud of having raised around €30,000 for various charities and parish capital works,

such as reproofing Kilbane Church and a major extension to Broadford burial grounds. “The parish and the designated charities are indebted to this committee for their selfless and excellent work over the past four years,” she said. This year, a new parish fundraising committee has been formed and it was decided that Clare Cancer Support/ Sláinte an Chlair would be the nominated charity for this year’s walk. Led by a dedicated group of willing volunteers, this Kilnamona-based charity provides much needed support to cancer sufferers throughout Clare. The charity hopes to construct a second

support building at their location in Kilnamona. Having visited the Clare Cancer Support premises, Broadford fundraising committee member, Mary Bourke, stated she was highly impressed with the services such as counselling, meditation and mentoring that they support provide free of charge to those attending the facility. Clare Cancer Support provides access to information about diagnosis, treatment and care for cancer sufferers. This new organisation can also put people in touch with practical, emotional and social support. It provides a drop-in service at a centre in Kilnamona offer-

ing help and support to anyone who is affected by or concerned about cancer, including families, friends and carers. People can drop in 9.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday, while evenings and weekends are available on request. The route for this year’s run/ walk is a loop commencing in Broadford and travels via the Ardskeagh road to Kilbane village, returning back to Broadford via the Bridgetown to Broadford road. Registration for the run/walk commences at 12.30pm in Broadford parish hall on Easter Monday. For further information about Clare Cancer Support contact 1850 211 630 or 087 6912396.

Killaloe woman encourages future Roses A KILLALOE wedding and events co-ordinator believes any woman who is interested in entering a county heat for the Rose of Tralee competition should take the plunge without any hesitation. Brid Burns from Garranboy, Killaloe thoroughly enjoyed competing in the recent Rose of Westmeath contest and recommends the contest to any young woman who wants to make new friends and learn how to interact with people. “It was a great experience. I would recommend it to anyone and I would do it all again in the morning. I met 20 women who competed in the final

and I am good friends with the majority of them”. She didn’t have far to travel for the event as this contest has been held in her workplace, the Athlone Springs Hotel, for the last four years. Having moved to Athlone seven years ago, she has completed an honours degree course in toxicology at the Athlone Institute of Technology and has worked as the weddings and events co-ordinator in the Athlone Springs Hotel for the last two years. The hotel put her forward as their representative for the competition. The competition

Cappamore docking point option would cost the taxpayer an additional €87 million compared with other options. It noted obtaining some land owned by Shannon Development as part of the Vistakon option, which are already State owned would not cost the taxpayer and questioned if the Emerging Preferred Route was the best option when “there are simple, alternative, cheaper solutions” Senior engineer, Tom Tiernan explained Clare County Council is pursuing the development of this motorway on foot of a need identified in a number of reports commissioned over the past 10 years. These reports were commissioned to identify, among other things, the elements of infrastructure which should be provided to facilitate the strategic development of Limerick and the MidWest into the future. “This is not a development for today, but for the future. We have to plan on the basis that there will be a recovery in the economy and we have to be ready to benefit when that happens. It is unlikely that this road will become operational within the next 10 years. “The current estimated cost is in the region of €100 to €120 million. There are good reasons why the Vistakon option wasn’t selected as the emerging Preferred Route Corridor and these were explained to people who enquired at a recent Public Consultation Event in the Radisson Hotel, Limerick. “At the appropriate time, Clare County Council will be able to demonstrate that the cost/benefit ratio pertaining to this proposal is very significantly positive,” he said.

comprised a one-to-one interview with three judges including Deputy Mary O’Rourke’s son, Councillor Aonghus O’Rourke, a group interview and another interview on the night of the final. “I was the first to be interviewed on the night of the final. I was quite nervous but it went alright on the night. Overall, I really enjoyed the whole experience,” she recalled. Her mother, Anne Hickey hails from Blackwater, Ardnacrusha while her father, Anthony Burns is from Montpelier, O’Briensbridge. She has one brother, John.

■ Brid Burns participated in the recent Rose of Westmeath contest.

“Large vehicles regularly brush against the high embankments at either side of the road. Large stones are often dislodged from these embankments. The lack of drainage on the hill has also been very problematic over the years - following periods of heavy rainfall the tarmacadam surface is frequently reduced to a crumble of dust and potholes.”

Lobby group still concerned over motorway impact A SOUTH-East Clare lobby group, the Northern Distributor Concerned Residents, opposed to the construction of the proposed €120m motorway, is still concerned about the economic, environmental and social impacts of the road, despite attending a recent public consultation evening. Clare County Council organised a third public information meeting on the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor for Phase Two of the Northern Distributor Road in the Radisson Hotel last week. Information on the route corridor was displayed at the hotel where local authority staff and consulting engineers, Roughan and O’Donovan, were available to answer questions. The council recently extended the public consultation period for another two months up until May 10 and has pledged to publish an edited version of the Constraints Study Report next Tuesday. The group welcomed the consultation evening, with spokesman, Ed English, stating the maps on display showed some of the key constraints, while the opportunity to review and discuss the route allowed for much more constructive questions. “The route was not announced prior to the previous consultation evening, leading to an unacceptable situation where people were arriving at the consultation evening to discover that the road was to

go through their community, their land or their home and then being expected to participate in a constructive questions and answers and consultation session,” he said. However, the group continues to have concerns about the economic, environmental and social impacts of the road and believe these issues have not been adequately answered. Mr English explained the flooding issue at the Clonlara end of the road and the social impact of the division of the village of Parteen have not been fully addressed. “Furthermore, we remain to be convinced about the overall economic viability of this road competing with the already taxpayer-subsidised Limerick Tunnel, especially in light of the details we have been given at the consultation session with regard to the two very large bridges which will be constructed at the tailrace crossing near Parteen and the Shannon crossing near the University of Limerick. “The group looks forward to the publication of the constraints report in April, even though we are concerned that it will be an edited version of the report. However, we look forward to receipt of the document and we would call for an opportunity for members of the public to be able to feed into the process when they have the maximum amount of information possible in their possession,” he said.

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3% drop in free zone employment OVERALL employment at Shannon Free Zone declined by 3% last year, Shannon Development has revealed. Five hundred and eighty jobs were lost, while 406 jobs were gained over the 12month period. Shannon Development chief executive Vincent Cunnane said while there is a decline, it is less serious than in other years. “We sort of hoped we had arrested that decline and we would have been more encouraged over the last year but we had thought we’d break even. There were jobs created in Zagg and Cregg but more jobs were lost.” He said it was positive that the vast majority of job losses were not down to closures. “Major companies are having to deal with the impact of a huge global economic downturn. They’ve been dealing with it two-fold; they’ve been looking at their staff

retirements and they’ve been bringing best practice into their operations; more efficient, best engineering practice and lean engineering. We’ve done a lot of work with companies in the last couple of years and they’re making themselves more sustainable into the future.” He highlighted Element Six as a company that made cutbacks but recovered to an extent where it could provide new jobs again. “They had significant issues but they looked at all their processes and are back taking on people essentially. If we’d lost them a few years ago that opportunity wouldn’t have arisen. Any sort of downsizing has implications for the people involved but if you keep the company, there’s always the opportunity for restructuring and reemployment.” Jobs are not being lost in the numbers they once were, Dr Cunnane added. “Job losses are stabilising and we have arrested

that decline,” he said. In all, 90% of job losses came about as the result of downsizing, not closures, according to Shannon Development. It also stated that during 2011, it secured 19 itineraries from prospective new clients, seven of which were generated in partnership with IDA Ireland. Shannon Development approved financial supports to Free Zone companies last year, which will leverage investments of €13 million by the companies. Twenty Free Zone companies received support packages across key areas such as R&D, training and marketing. In its statement, Shannon Development said the Free Zone is still playing an important local role. “Despite the economic downturn, Shannon Free Zone continues to be a strong revenue generator for the local economy. Companies based at the Free Zone collectively contribute over €600

million to the Irish and Shannon Region economies annually in areas such as staff payroll, materials and services. “A new broadband initiative at Shannon Free Zone is set to provide a significant boost to business in the area and give Shannon Development a valuable marketing tool to strengthen its case for foreign direct investment. A new dark fibre-optic cable will give businesses operating in the Free Zone and Smithstown Business Parks the opportunity to avail of enhanced high-speed broadband services improving national and international connectivity. The new service is being provided by Aurora Telecom, a division of Bord Gáis Networks. Shannon Development worked with Aurora to extend their planned Ennis to Cork fibre project to include the Shannon Free Zone and Smithstown Business Parks. Work on the project is due for completion by the end of April this year.”

liding. As he endeavours to cover his tracks, his lazy but likeable neighbour Stanley (played by Chris Willetts) becomes his unwitting accomplice and the preposterous scenarios that ensue make for two hours of non-stop action and lighthearted fun that will have you wondering what can possibly happen next. The play was written by Ray Cooney and the laughs are fuelled by slapstick, physical comedy, double entendre and cases of mistaken identity, which cross all boundaries with virtually no holds barred. Also on stage are Kathleen Browne and Aideen Clancy as the unsuspecting wives, Martin McNelis and Eoin Sheedy as the police officers investigating, while other ac-

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■ The full cast of Run for your Wife, clockwise from left: Eoin Sheedy, Aideen Clancy, Chris Rowley, Eoghan Rice, Martin McNelis, Kathleen Browne, Helen White and Chris Willetts.

tors include Eoghan Rice and Helen White. It will run from next Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm nightly in the Oakwood Arms.

which attracted nine teams representing young hospitality managers of the future from all over Ireland. The 27th IHI Business Management Game took place in Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel, Killiney, Dublin and was also supported by Irish Hotels Federation, HOTS and Fóras na Gaeilge.

Muse Productions was founded last year by Ted Germaine, Anne Germaine, Martin McNelis and Clare McNeilis. It aims to provide a plat-

form for all types of theatre to be performed in Shannon, with an emphasis on utilising local talent and providing entertainment for people in Shannon.

Warehouse showcases young talent

Warm weather in March IT was a very warm month of March in Shannon, according to Met Éireann statistics. The mean temperature for the month was 2.4oC above normal. There was also 10% more sunshine than usual. The amount of rainfall was some 60% below normal.

THE halcyon days of early transatlantic flights, which positioned Shannon Airport as a key contributor to the development of the greater Shannon area, may be long past but the determination to chart a new future for the airport is ever present, said Chamber president Damian Gleeson. Welcoming Leo Varadkar to the chamber’s spring lunch last Friday, Mr Gleeson said balanced regional development is a key part of Government policy and as “Shannon Airport as a key economic driver for the Mid-West Region, it should directly fit in with this policy”. Recommending that the airport should be run with a commerciallydriven ethos, which, in conjunction with no debt, adequate working capital and an improvement of its cost structure, would eventually enable the airport to become self-sustaining, Mr Gleeson stated any new structure should not be overburdened with debt but supported by solid business and financial plans. Suggesting the airport be driven by

a commercially-aware autonomous board, reporting directly to the minister, Mr Gleeson added such a board should have the international, national and regional aviation and commercial expertise required to drive an airport. While Shannon recorded 9,275 commercial terminal flights in 2011, up 2.7% on 2010 but a drop of 42% on the 2008 levels, figures for February 2012 were down 5.1%, with an average of 42 daily movements. “That’s why we need to see change at Shannon,” said Mr Gleeson. “We need a busy airport, capable of generating economic activity in the Mid-West Region and driving outward to the island as a whole. Shannon has a history of innovation and facing adversity with courage and determination. It just needs to be re-energised in the manner suggested in the Booz and Company report. “The airport needs a new future, and soon. Harnessing the support of all stakeholders in the Mid-West would lead to energised thinking and a new impetus for taking the airport in a new direction,” he concluded.

Council meeting adjourned

Photograph by Lensmen Photographic Agency

The Warehouse project has been in existence in Shannon for some time and a dedicated group of young people have been working to create a unique space for local young people. This event is a way to showcase their talents and invite other young people to become a part of the project. The second event is on Friday, April 13, when there will be a two-hour acoustic

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THE following couples were married in the last week: Louise Bryan, Ballycaseymore Hill and Chris Sloan, Ballycasey Avenue, were married in The Wells Church on Friday; Colm McAllen, Finian Park and Nicola Rooney, Craughwell, County Galway, were married in Craughwell Church also last Friday; Michelle Fogarty, Ard na Greine and Tomás Eustace, Kildysart, were married in Ss John and Paul Church on Saturday.

■ (From left) Seated: the winning team, Alexander Muir, Michele Andre, Helena Rowe (team captain), Rose May Payette and David Brosnan. Rear: Sean Ruane and Deborah O’Hanlon of Shannon College of Hotel Management, who tutored the winning team; Fergal O’Connell FIHI, president of Irish Hospitality Institute; Michael Vaughan, President of Irish Hotel Federation; Gregory Alken, director, Febvre Wines and John Mulcahy, Food Tourism, Hospitality, Education and Standards, Fáilte Ireland.

THE Clare Youth Service Warehouse project is planning two events in Shannon in the coming days. The first is called You name it, a three-hour open mic gig with host bands and special guests in the B3 Warehouse in Smithstown. It will take place next Wednesday from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. It is open to all 13 to 18year-olds in Shannon and is drug and alcohol free.

THE next Shannon Region Talking Newspaper will be read in St Senan’s National School on Thursday, April 12 by team C, whose members are Una Doyle, Tom Kearney, Kay Murphy, Joanne Culligan and Deirdre Harvey. These volunteers read The Clare Champion and other local newspapers onto tapes to help keep people with impaired vision updated with local news. New volunteers with good reading voices would be welcome. Further information about this voluntary assistance to the visually impaired is available from the Council for the Blind at 061 316388 or from Mary at 087 2325930.

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Top marks for hotel students Airport needs balanced regional development A TEAM of five students, representing Shannon College of Hotel Management, was selected as the outright winner of the Irish Hospitality Institute (IHI) Business Management Game 2012, in association with Champagne Taittinger and Fáilte Ireland. They scored top marks in the competition,

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THE next Free Legal Advice Clinic will be held on Monday, April 30 at the Community Office, Unit 1, Business Centre, Shannon, from 5.15pm to 5.45pm. People should attend at 5.15pm to ensure being seen by a solicitor. No appointment is necessary.

Theatre goers urged to Run for your Wife MUSE Productions will return to the Oakwood Arms next week with Run for your Wife, a classic, well-regarded farce. The comedy centres around the travails of a London cabbie, who has been successfully juggling a double life until an accident derails his meticulous schedule. The audience are made privy to his secret in the opening scene as two concerned wives simultaneously call the police regarding the whereabouts of their missing husbands and describe the same John Smith. The stage is then set for high jinks and mayhem as John (who is played by Chris Rowley) dashes from one home to the other, struggling to keep his two carefully orchestrated worlds from col-

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session, entitled Sipping ‘n Strummin at the SkyCourt Food Court. It will run from 4.30pm to 6.30pm. Clare Youth Service is a charitable organisation that depends on volunteer involvement. Anyone who would like to volunteer, or would like to take part in one of the events, can contact youth worker Thomas O’Hara on 085 8019666 or tohara@clareyouthservice. org.

SHANNON Town Council adjourned its April monthly meeting as a mark of respect to the late Sean Hillery. Mr Hillery served on Clare County Council from 1985 to 2004 and was chairperson from 1999 to 2001. He was also a member of Shannon Town Council from 1994 to 2009 and served as mayor in 1994 and in 2003. The meeting was chaired by Councillor Sean McLoughlin, who paid tribute to Mr Hillery, while Councillor Gerry Flynn said he had been a fellow Miltown man and a close friend of his family. He said he had the height of respect for Mr Hillery. Councillor Greg Duff said Mr Hillery had been a valued member of the Shannon community and was involved in improving local infrastructure.

Councillor Michael Fleming said he hadn’t served with Mr Hillery on the council but he had known him through his work as a pharmacist and described him as “a gentleman in every way”. Sinn Féin councillor Cathy McCafferty lamented his passing. “Sean is a great loss to the town and he will be badly and sadly missed,” she said. Councillor Vincent Coleman said he would be sadly missed, while Labour’s Tony McMahon said he was “a very caring and decent individual”. Councillor Patricia McCarthy said he had “a genuine interest in people and worked to help people”. He was described by Mayor of Shannon Mary Brennan as being “very much a community man and very much for the community”.

No funds for park walkway works CLARE County Council has been urged to upgrade Shannon Town Park. In a motion at a recent area meeting, Councillor Gerry Flynn asked that “Clare County Council put plans in place to upgrade Shannon Town Park and that the entire area be made user friendly for the community by the installation of walkways connecting the wooded area and the existing park”. In a written response to the meeting,

senior executive engineer Eugene O’Shea stated, “No funding is available currently for the construction of new walkways. However, when funds do become available, prioritisation will be given to upgrading the existing walkways. “Works will be undertaken shortly within the town park to remove the bandstand and to clean out and re-plant the shrubberies.” Addressing the meeting, Councillor Flynn said workshops had taken place with

students from the University of Limerick and the community and the upgrade of the park and walkways was highlighted. Town manager, Bernadette Kinsella said improvements may be made on a phased basis and the council is aware of the value of the amenity to the town. Councillor Sean McLoughlin said a plaque had been put up in the area in question but had simply been abandoned since. He said it should be brought out of its current location and restored.

FROM Tuesday to Thursday next week, members of the clergy from all over the country will particpate in the Clergy National Golf Championships, which will be held in Shannon and Dromoland Golf Clubs. Over 200 golfers will take part in this competition, which traditionally is held after Easter.

Fashion show ST Senans RFC are hosting a fashion show in the Oakwood Arms on Thursday, April 19. Doors will open at 7.30pm. Meanwhile, the U19s will meet Thomond RFC this Thursday in the U-19 cup semi-final. Kick-off is at 6.30pm in Jimmy Slattery Park.

win should be enough to put the ladies into the county semi-final. This game is provisionally fixed for this Saturday. Wolfe Tones senior footballers travel west on Saturday for a 2pm fixture against Kilmurry Ilbrickane. The senior hurlers host Doora Barefield on Monday at 2.30pm, while the junior footballers host Kilkee at 2pm on Sunday. The underage academy will not be held this Sunday but returns next Wednesday from 6.15pm to 7.15pm for all from five to 10years-old. The club’s annual race night will take place on Saturday, April 14 and there are still some horses available to purchase in clubhouse or from any committee member. Aaron Cunningham will be part of the Clare senior hurling team, who meet Limerick in the league final this Saturday at 6pm in the Gaelic Grounds.

Tidy towns SHANNON Tidy Towns Committee would welcome some more volunteers to help maintain plants in the town throughout the coming months. Work is continuing in preparation for the national Tidy Towns competition. Volunteers are invited to meet outside the Town Hall at 7pm every Monday evening. Further information is available by calling 362241, 364974 or 360432.

Library events MEMBERS of the Clare Volunteer Service will provide an information desk in Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon from 10.45am to 12.30pm on Monday, April 16. Information will be available on what is required of volunteers and what volunteering opportunities are available. These sessions are open to all members of the public and are free of charge. Other events at the library include storytime for children aged four to six-years-old on Tuesdays at 4pm and a scrabble club for adults on Wednesdays at 2pm. Also, poet Bernie Sheil and artist Pat Hallinan work with children aged seven to 12 years in a creative writing class on Fridays at 3.30pm, where children learn to express themselves through poems, stories or tell their stories through art. Adult book club meetings are held monthly. Admission is free to all events but booking may be required. For more information, call 061 364266.

Set dancing classes Church services ON Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated in both churches at 7pm. On Good Friday, which is a day of fast and abstinence, Celebration of the Passion will take place in both churches at 3pm; Stations of the Cross will be held at 7pm in Mary Immaculate Church and Dramatised Stations of The Cross will be held in Ss John and Paul Church at 9pm. There will be confessions in both churches from 12noon to 1pm on Saturday and again from 7pm to 8pm. Also on Saturday at 12noon, Swiecenie Pokarmów Wielkanocnych (Blessing of Easter Food) will take place in Ss John and Paul Church. The Easter Vigil will be held at 9pm in Ss John and Paul Church. There will be no 6.30pm on Easter Saturday. On Easter Sunday, the very popular Dawn Mass will be held at 5.45am in Illaunamanagh Cemetery. Children’s Easter masses will be celebrated in Ss John and Paul Church at 10am and Mary Immaculate Church at 11am. There will also be mass at normal Sunday times.

League champions THE Shannon Town U-15 soccer team were crowned league champions on Wednesday night.

Toastmasters meeting SHANNON Toastmasters, who help people gain confidence in public speaking, attending job interviews, communicating effectively and preparing speeches meet in the Oakwood Arms Hotel at 8pm on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Their next meeting will be Wednesday, April 18 and all are welcome.

Tones out AFTER another very hard-fought battle last Saturday, Wolfe Tones exited this year’s Féile hurling championship. Despite attacking to the very end, Clarecastle prevailed on a 4-6 to 1-12 scoreline. Management are very happy with the effort shown by the team in spite of the loss. They now look forward eagerly to the championship, which starts this Friday with a trip to Sixmilebridge. Wolfe Tones U-16 footballers put up another great show away from home on Monday night. With performances like this, the team can look forward with optimism in their battle for a place in the semi-final. The final score from Carron was Kilfenora 5-13 Wolfe Tones 5-8. They now face a fortnight’s wait until their next match against Éire Óg. The U-16 ladies footballers also face Éire Óg. A

ST Senan’s Social Club will hold set-dancing classes in The Bellsfort Inn every Tuesday night at 8.30pm. Mike Mahony is tutor for the classes. Everyone is welcome, from beginners to advanced dancers.

Annual 10km run WOLFE Tones Camogie Club is holding its annual 10km run on Sunday, April 15 at 12 noon. Proceeds will go to Bunratty Search and Rescue in memory of Breege Keane. It will include a 10km run, 10km jogging or fast walking, 5km walk or run and one mile children’s walk/run for under 13-year-olds. This event is open to elite athletes, competitors, recreational runners or walkers, families and those with buggies. Registration takes place at Wolfe Tones GAA Club from 10am to 11.30am. There will be prizes for first, second and third home in the men’s and women’s competitions and medals for first, second and third in the boys’ and girls’ run, with goodie bags for children.

Recent deaths THE death has occurred peacefully in Milford Hospice of Mary Hogan, Tullyvarraga Crescent. Aged 87 years, Mary was a native of Abbeyfeale, Limerick and came to Shannon with her late husband, Peter, and family in 1973. A primary school teacher, Mary had the distinction of teaching in three of Shannon’s six primary schools, firstly in St Senan’s and then in St Conaire’s. It was while teaching in St Conaire’s in 1982 that Mary was appointed as the first deputy principal of St Aidan’s School. Herself and Ger Loughnane were the first teachers of St Aidan’s School when the school was based in Tullyvarraga Hall. A very well respected person in the community, Mary was involved in setting up St Caimin’s Community School. A woman of deep faith, she was one of the readers in Ss John and Paul Church. Her remains were brought to Ss John and Paul Church on Friday evening and following funeral mass on Saturday, she was laid to rest in Illaunmanagh Cemetery beside her husband, Peter, who died in 2004. Pupils from St Aidan’s school and current and past members of staff formed a guard of honour as the funeral left the church. She is survived by her sons, Con and Ger; daughters, Lucy, Katie, Anne and Julie; brother, Richard and sisters, Geraldine, Bernadette and Nono. Anne McMahon, Aidan Park, was bereaved following the death of her mother, Susan Cabey, Kilmaley, who was buried on Tuesday.

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MOYNIHAN Martha, late of Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus, whose 50th Birthday occurs Easter Sunday, the 8th of April. Happy 50th Birthday Martha. • Planning notices over five cm will be "We sent a dove charged per single column cm. to heaven with a parcel o n its We regret that none of the above can be accepted unless accompanied by payment. wings, be careful when you open it Martha, it's full of beautiful things. Inside are a million kisses, wrapped up in a million hugs, to tell you that we miss you and sent you all our love. We hope a choir of angels are around you on this day, singing "Happy Birthday Martha" in their very special way. Light a candle Lord and hug Martha tight, tell her that we love and miss her morning, noon and night". Very much loved and always remembered by your heartbroken sisters Mary and for Bridget, brothers Tom and James and your many friends, also your Anniversaries & co usins T h e Dillon family, Acknowledgements Connolly, xxx. TO




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BUGLER: Treasured memories at Easter time of Paddy and Pat Bugler, Kilrateera, Mountshannon. Paddy died in 1997 and Pat 2010. Rest in Peace. "Thank you for the days, we won't forget a single day." Fondly remembered by family and friends. C A R M O D Y Ma t t h e w ( 2 n d Anniversary): Late of Moveen, Kilkee. In loving memory of a dear Husband and Father. Rest in Peace. Your life was full of kindly deeds, a helping hand for others needs, sincere and true with a heart of gold. Silent memories keep you near. Out of our lives you may be gone, but in our hearts you still live on. Loved and remembered always by your wife Maura and son Damien. Anniversary Mass on Sunday, 8th April at 10am in Carrigaholt Church.

C A R M O D Y Ma t t h e w ( 2 n d Anniversary): Late of Moveen, Kilkee. In loving memory of a dear Father. Rest in Peace. Memories are special, they don't fade away, we think of you always, not just today. You always had time to of give, a smile to share, a laugh, a joke, a time to care, your loving nature, your heart of gold, these are the memories we hold dear. We love and miss you Dad. Your loving daughter Ann, Colin, Kieran, Aidan and Tara.

MOYNIHAN Martha, late Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus, whose 50th Birthday occurs on 8th of April. Often it's the little things we really want to share that make us wish that y o u were here on your 50th Birthday, when something BIRTHDAY funny makes us laugh we always think of you, because we know if REMEMBRANCE FINUCANE: In loving memory of you were here you'd be laughing too. You meant so very much to us, our dear Son and there is nothing we can say, the Brother Eamonn, grief is still within our hearts, as Effernan, Kildywe think of you on your Birthday. sart and Ennis, Happy 50th Birthday Martha with whose 50th Birthall our love, Martin, Marie, day occurs on Martina, Derek, Gerard and baby April 6th. Quietly Nathan, xxx. today your memory we treasure, missing y o u WOODHOUSE John Snr, 6 River always, forgetting you never. View, Scariff, Co. Happy Birthday Eamonn. Always C l a r e , w h o s e remembered by your mother Mary, Birthday occurs sisters May, Rita, Sheila, Carmel, o n A p r i l 4 t h , Eithne, Colette, brothers Peadar, 2012. Down the Brendan, Gerard, Noel, Declan, path of memories, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nie- we gently walk ces and nephews. today. All our thoughts are with G R E E N E Newtown, Kilkee. you on this your Birthday Remems p e c i a l d a y . It's l o v e l y t o brance of dearest remember, and have a chance to John, whose 64th say, thank you for the memories, Birthday occurs that we cherish every day. Sadly on April 2nd. Quimissed by Phyl and family. Happy etly today your Birthday. memory w e treasure, missing you always, forgetting you never. IN MEMORIAM Happy Birthday Pop, xxxx. Your loving wife Rose, PJ, John-Gerard and Noel, Patricia and Rosemarie BAKER (21st Anniversary) In and grandchildren. Also John's loving memory of Brother James, England (10th a Son, Brother Uncle, Anniversary), whose Birthday a n d occurs April 7th. Loved and missed Edward of 78 by his wife and family in England Hermitage, Ennis. It isn't what we and Clare. Mass offered. write or what we HAYES Lucille. Birthday Remem- say, it's how we feel inside when brance o f our we think of you beloved Daughter Edward. Your parting was so and Sister, whose sudden, we often wonder why, the 31st Birthday was hardest thing of all was we never on the 3rd of said goodbye. The hands of time April. W i t h a keep turning, 21 years have slipped smile for all and a away, we have some wonderful heart o f gold, memories. Lovingly missed by these are the Mam, Dad, sisters, nephews and memories we will always hold. No special day is niece. Mass offered at Cloughleigh needed for us to think of you, for Church on Sunday, the 8th of April you were someone special and we at 11am. thought the world of you. Happy Birthday Lucille, love and miss BAKER Edward, 6th April. In you always. Mam, Dad and sister loving memory of Lisa. a dear Nephew. Remembering you HAYES Lucille. Birthday Remem- is easy, we do it brance of our dear everyday, missing Mam and Partner, you is a heartache Lucille, w h o s e that never goes 31st Birthday was away. No matter on the 3rd of how life changes, April. If roses no matter what we grow in heaven do, a special place within our Lord, please pick hearts is always kept for you. a bunch for us, Loved and missed, Esther, Dave, place them in our Graham, Jeannette, John and Mammy's arms and tell her they're LeeAnne. from us. Tell her we love and miss her. From Aidan, Eve and Row. BOLTON (12th Anniversary): In loving memory of HAYES Lucille. Birthday Remema dear Mother, brance of my dear Grandmother and Sister, whose 31st Great-GrandBirthday was on mother Ma r y the 3rd of April. Bolton, RiverT h e happiest view, Scariff, who times we every died on the 6th knew were as a April 2000. 'You family complete left u s m a n y with you, we look memories, to us you were so dear, at your picture no matter when we needed you, we and we speak your name and just always found you near. Out of our for a moment we are with you lives you may be gone, but in our again. Our lives are all different hearts you still live on. Will those now, from what it used to be, all who think of Mary today, a little because God wanted you just as prayer to Jesus say. We remember much as we. Quietly today your also her Sister Bridget Tuohy, memory I treasure, missing you R.I.P., Manchester, who died the always, forgetting you never. 25th March 2012.' Sadly missed Happy Birthday Lucille with all and never forgotten, loved always, our love from your sister Janet, Noel, Sean, Ciaran, Breid, Eileen, Senan, Scott, Aoibheann and your Gina and all your grandchildren, godson Luke, xxxxx. great-grandchildren and all the family. HAYES Lucille. Birthday Remembrance o f m y BRESLIN Mary (3rd Anniverbeloved Sister, sary): In loving whose 31st Birthmemory of Mary day occurred on Breslin, Fanore, the 3rd of April. who died on 9th No matter how we April 2009. spend our days, Always rememno matter what we bered and loved do, no morning by husband dawns, no evening falls, without a thought of James, son John you. Your gentle nature, your kind and his family ways, leave fond memories of Josephine, Ferdia and Roisín, and happy days. Happy Birthday all her family. May she Rest in Lucille. Loved and missed by your Peace. Anniversary Mass in St. sister Michelle and nephews Patrick's Church, Fanore, Sunday, 8th April, at 10a.m. Callum and Charlie, xxxx.

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C A R M O D Y Ma t t h e w ( 2 n d Anniversary): Late of Moveen, Kilkee. In loving memory of a dear Father. Rest in Peace. We seldom ask for miracles, but today just one will do, to have the front door open and see you walking through. You gave us all you had to give, gifts both big and small, but most of all you gave us love, the greatest gift of all. Your loving daughter Lourda, Michael, Ally and Lily.

CULLINAN (11th Anniversary): In loving memory of John, Ballyduff, Barefield, who died 21st March 2001. R.I.P. "Softly in the morning you heard a gentle call, you took the hand God offered you and quietly left us all. You were always there when we needed you, no task too great or small, with a loving heart and willing hands for us you did it all." Sadly missed and never forgotten, Patsy CLEARY (3rd Anniversary): In and Michael. Anniversary Mass loving memory of on Saturday, 7th April at 7pm in Moira, whose the Church of the Immaculate anniversary Conception, Barefield. occurs a t this CULLINAN (11th Anniversary): time. Memories Treasured memoare precious, they ries of my Uncle don't go away, we John, late o f think o f y o u Ballyduff, Barealways, not just field, who died today. Remembered by Anne, Noreen, the Cleary 21st March 2001. R.I.P. "Your quiet and Taffee families. nature was one to C L E A R Y (3rd Anniversary): admire, peace and Treasured memocontentment were ries of a dear your desire, your ways were good, Sister and Sisteryour spirit true, you troubled none, in-law Moira, your wants were few. Sad are the who passed away hearts that loved you, silent the on the 22nd April tears that fall, living our lives 2009. April comes without you, is the hardest part of with sad regret, all. Of all the nice gifts in life, the day, the month however great or small, to have we will never known and loved you, is the forget. Three years ago at God's greatest gift of all." Lovingly request you left this world for remembered by Anne, Austin and eternal rest. Never forgotten by John. M.J. and Teresa. CORBETT (2nd Anniversary): In CULLINAN (11th Anniversary): In loving memory loving memory of of my dear Uncle a loving Husband, John, Ballyduff, Father, Grandad, Barefield, Ennis S é a n , R.I.P., who died 21st Drumumna, March 2001. Crusheen, C o . R.I.P. "No fareClare, who sadly wells were passed away on spoken, no time to 7th April 2010. It say goodbye, you i s lonely here without you, I miss you more each were gone before we knew it and day, for life is not the same to me, only God knows why. Our lives go since you were called away. If I on without you, but things are not could have a lifetime wish, one the same, it's hard to hide the dream that could come true, I heartache when someone says your would pray to God with all my name. Your resting place we visit heart, for yesterday and you. A and place our flowers with care, lovely man with a heart of gold, but no-one knows the heartache, your loving wife Sheila, xxx. when we turn and leave you there". Anniversary Mass 22nd April, Forever in our thoughts, Claire, Paul, Darragh and Ciara. 11.45am in Crusheen Church. C L E A R Y (3rd Anniversary): Cherished memories of a dear Wife Moira, Tonovoher, Kilrush, who died o n 22nd April 2009. Your presence I miss, your memory I treasure, loving you always, forgetting you never. Sadly missed by your husband P.J. Anniversary Mass in St. Senan's Church, Knockerra, on Saturday, 7th April at 8p.m.

CORBETT: It broke our hearts to CULLINAN (11th Anniversary): lose you but you In loving memory didn't go alone, of Johnny for part of us went Cullinan. G o d with you, the day saw you getting God took you tired and a cure home. Miss you C A R M O D Y Ma t t h e w ( 2 n d so much Dad, was not to be, so Anniversary): he put his arms love always, Late of Moveen, around you and Sharon, Gemma, Kilkee. In loving whispered come Tom and Chloe, memory of a dear to me. A golden xxxx. Father. Rest in heart stopped beating and working Peace. RememCORBETT: Things will never be hands now rest, God broke our bering y o u is hearts to prove he only takes the the same without easy, we do it best. With love, miss you, Keith, you and although every day and Michelle, Shane and Colin. it hurts so bad, we missing you is a will smile whenheartache that never goes away. ever we hear your DEVITT (3rd Anniversary): In God has you in his Keeping, we n a m e a n d b e loving memory of have you in our hearts and if proud you were a dear Husband, memories keep us close, we are our Dad. Love Dad, Son and never far apart. Sadly missed, your always, Lorraine, Grandad, Gerry loving daughter Colette, Eugene Jay, Jamie and late of 45 St. and Grace. Becky, xxxx. Michael's Villas, Ennis, who died C A R M O D Y Ma t t h e w ( 2 n d CORBETT: A million times we'll 9th April 2009. need you, a milAnniversary): Remembering you lion times we've Late of Moveen, is easy, we do it cried, i f love Kilkee. In loving every day, but missing you is alone could have memory of a dear heartache, that never goes away. saved you, you Father. Rest in May the winds of love blow gently never would have Peace. Y o u r and whisper in your ear, how much died. Love smiles we miss, we love and miss you, as it dawns always, Carol, your laughter we another year. Too dearly loved to Conor and Casey, treasure, loving be ever forgotten by your wife xxx. you always, forJoan, sons Niall and Jason, mother getting you never. Sadly missed, Ellen and extended family. Anniyour loving son Matthew, Deirdre CORBETT: I know we are all versary Mass Thursday, April feeling sad, we've and Daithi. 12th at 7.30pm in Ennis Cathedral. lost our Grandad, C A R M O D Y Ma t t h e w ( 2 n d Friend and Dad, DEVITT (4th Anniversary): In together we have Anniversary): loving memory of cried an ocean of Late of Moveen, a dear Husband tears, we feel so Kilkee. In loving and Father, Thoempty and hold memory of a dear mas Devitt, late of many fears. But Father. Rest in Derryharrive, Grandad would Peace. We think Inagh, who died want us to know, of you in silence, he's in a good place and that he is on the 11th April we often speak watching us with a smile on his 2 0 0 8 . S a c r e d your name, but all face. Miss you Dad, Grandad, love Heart of Jesus we have are memhave mercy on his ories and your picture in a frame. you so much, Kelly, Selena, Rachel soul. You left us lovely memories, Your resting place we visit and put and Shannon, xxxx. your love is still our guide and flowers there with care, but no one CURTIN (19th Anniversary): In though we cannot see you, you're knows the heartache, as we turn loving memory of always by our side. Sadly missed and leave you there. Sadly missed, a dear Husband, and always remembered by your your loving son Michael, Fiona, Dad and Grandad, loving wife Aoife, daughter Eimear Cathal and Lorcan. Austin Curtin, late and son Martin, xxx. Anniversary o f Tullygarvan, Mass at Inagh Church on Saturday, C A R M O D Y Ma t t h e w ( 2 n d L a h i n c h , w h o 14th April at 8pm. Anniversary): died on 2nd April Late of Moveen, 1993. The midDOWLING (7th Anniversary): In Kilkee. In loving night stars are loving memory of memory of a dear shining bright on Tommie Dowling, Father. Rest in a grave not so far away, where we late of 3 Tradaree Peace. Precious laid our loving Husband, Dad 19 Court, Shannon, people are very years ago today. Thank you Dad who died 11th few, that is why for the years we shared, the love April 2005. R.I.P. there was only you gave and the way you cared. It's lonely here one of you. NothLook around your garden Lord and ing on earth can ever replace, the find the ones we love and put your without you, I sound of your voice and the smile arms around our Dad and give him miss you more on your face. You always had a all our love. Loved and always each day, life to smile to share, a laugh, a joke, a remembered by wife Mary, son me is not the same, since you were time to care. Your wonderful Andrew, daughters Ann, Mary, called away. You tried so hard to nature, warm and true, these are the Eileen, brother-in-law Sean, stay with us, your fight was all in memories we have of you. Always daughter-in-law, sons-in-law, vain, God took you to His loving loved and remembered by your nieces, nephews and grandchildren, home and freed you from your pain. Always remembered and daughter Catriona and Donal. xxxx. Masses being offered. sadly missed by your wife Nancy. CUSACK (15th Anniversary): In Anniversary Mass on Sunday, 8th April at 9am in Mary Immaculate loving memory of Church. James (Jimmy) Cusack, Ballycullen, SixmileDOWLING (7th Anniversary): In bridge, who died loving memory of on 8th April 1997. a dear Father and Sadly missed Grandfather, along life's way, Tommie, late of 3 C A S E Y ( 4 t h a n d 2 4 t h quietly rememTradaree Court, Anniversaries): In loving memory bered every day. Shannon, w h o of Martin and Sheila Casey, No longer in our lives to share, but died on 11th April Dalcassian Avenue, Ennis, who in our hearts you are always there. 2005. R.I.P. You died on 7th April 2008 and 1st Forever loved by your wife Nancy, a l w a y s h a d a August 1988. Will those who think son Seamus, daughters Mary Ann, smile to share, of them today, a little prayer to Carmel, Nuala, M a r t h a a n d time to give and time to care. Your Jesus say. Always remembered by families. Anniversary Mass in St. loving nature and heart of gold, brother Jim and family. Anniver- Finnachta's Church, Sixmilebridge these are the memories we will sary Mass 8th April, at 10.30a.m., on Easter Sunday, 8th April at always hold. Sadly missed but Cathedral, Ennis. 11am. always remembered and loved by your son Michael, daughter-in-law Alice and grandson Michael.


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DRONEY (10th Anniversary): In loving memory of Gus, late o f Caherkinalla, Kilshanny, C o . Clare, who died on 9th April 2002. R.I.P. "Treasured memories keep you near, as time unfolds another year, no longer in our lives to share, but in our hearts you are always there." Always remembered by your loving wife Mary Ellen and family. Anniversary Mass offered in Kilshanny Church, on Easter Sunday, 8th April, at 11.30a.m. E N R I G H T (18th a n d 15th Anniversaries): Cherished memories of our dear Mam and Dad, M a r y (Minnie) a n d William (Billy), late o f Killenaugh, Carrigaholt, whose Anniversaries occur April 4th and 6th. R.I.P. Not a day without a thought of you, or a night without a prayer, for comfort comes from memories, of times we used to share, Mam and Dad, today like every day your memory we treasure, praying for you always, forgetting you never. Lovingly remembered and never forgotten by Mary, Noreen and families. FOLEY (1st Anniversary): In loving memory of Timothy (Sonny), Clonola, Kildysart, who died on the 8th April 2011. R.I.P. Your smile was made of sunshine, your heart was made of gold, thank you for the precious years and the lovely and beautiful memories we all had with you. April is here with sad regret, the day, the month, we won't forget, quickly and sadly came the call, without farewell, you left us all. You went so suddenly without Goodbye, but memories of you will never die. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by your wife Susan, daughter Mary, sons Pat, Timmy, Michael and Thomas daughters-in-law Bernie and Emer, grandchildren Sarah, Ciara, Siobhan and Kevin. Anniversary M a s s St. Michael's Church, Kildysart on Sunday, 8th April, at 11.00a.m. G I N N A N E Gerard (Gerry), S hannon, 1 1 t h April. (13th Anniversary): In loving memory of a dear Husband, Father and Grandfather. No matter how life changes, no matter what we do, a special place within our hearts is always kept for you. Missing you and thinking of you often, your loving wife Ellen, children, Joe, Eileen, G e r r y a n d Colleen, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, and all your grandchildren.

HARAN (4th Anniversary): Ryan Haran, Lahinch Road, Ennistymon who died 11th April 2008. Quietly today your memory w e treasure, missing you always, forgetting you never. Cherished memories of our beloved Son, Ryan. Sadly missed by all your loving family. Anniversary Mass in St. Michael's Church, Ennistymon on Monday, 9th April at 11am.

KILLEEN (10th Anniversary): In loving memory of a dear Husband John Killeen, who passed away on 4th April 2002. T h e y s a y that those we love don't go away, they walk beside us day by day. Will those who think of him today, to Jesus a little prayer say. Sadly missed but always remembered by your wife Biddy. Anniversary Mass at Our Lady of the Wayside Church, Inch on Sunday, 8th April HARAN Ryan, Ennistimon (4th at 9.30am. Anniversary): KILLEEN (10th Anniversary): In 11th April. Time loving memory of our dear Father goes by without John Killeen, late of Clonfeigh, you Ryan and who died on the 4th of April 2002. days turn into Deep are our memories, forever years, each they stay, no passing of time can moment holds a take them away. Always rememmemory and bered by Thomas, Hilda, Senan, many silent tears. Darragh and Aoife. Dearly loved and sadly missed, Auntie Tina, Eric KILLEEN (10th Anniversary): In and little Eric, xxx. loving memory of our dear Father and Grandfather, John Killeen late HARAN Ryan, Ennistimon (4th of Clonfeigh, who died on 4th Anniversary): April 2002. Your life was one of 11th April. No kind deeds and helping hands for special day is neeothers' needs, sincere in heart and ded for us to think mind, we think of the memories of you, for you you left behind. You always helped were someone us to get by. You are sadly missed special and we and always remembered by Anna thought the world Marie, Robbie, Jackie, Kyle. o f you. Y o u KILLEEN (10th Anniversary): In always h a d a smile to share, a laugh, a joke, a loving memory of time to care, a loving nature, a J o h n K i l l e e n , heart of gold, one of the best this Clonfeigh, w h o world could hold. Memories are a died on 4th of gift to treasure, ours of you will April 2002. Quilast forever. Much loved and etly today your missed, Keira, Patrick and Baby memory is kept, no need for words Faye, xxx. we will never Our HARAN: For my dear Brother f o r g e t . thoughts go back as they always R y a n Haran, do, we treasure the memories we Lahinch Rd , have of you. Always remembered Ennistymon, by Angela, John, Rebecca, Oisin, whose 4th AnniEilis, Caoimhe and Caoilinn. versary occurs on the 11th April. LANE (17th Anniversary): Fond Another year and loving memopasses by but the ries of a dear sorrow of losing Husband, Father, you stays. You're always on my mind and forever in Grandfather and Grandmy heart. Missing you today and Great always, your loving sister Sinead, father, G e r a r d brother-in-law P a u l , n ieces (Gerry), late of Caoimhe and Mia and nephew T h e Crescent, Lifford, who died Rián. 6th April 1995. "Time slips by and life goes on, but HASSETT Donnaca, Moyriesk, from our hearts you are never Quin, Co. Clare. gone. Each of us in our own way 18th April 1981. have special thoughts of you today. No matter how Always remembered by his wife time passes, no Patricia and all his family. Mass matter what we offered. d o , there will always be a speLEIGH (27th Anniversary): In cial place in our loving memory of hearts for you. Eileen, late of 11, Forever in our Circular R o a d , thoughts and hearts and loved Ennistymon, Co. every day. Sadly missed by Pat, Clare, who passed Siobhán, Paddy, Dearbhla, Daragh, away on the 5th Garrett, Ciara, Shiofra and exten- A p r i l 1985. ded family. "Those we love remain with us, f o r l o v e itself lives on and cherished memories never fade, because a loved one's gone". Loved and missed by all the family.

GLYNN (19th Anniversary): In loving memory of Francis Glynn, late of New York and Lack West, Kilmihil, w h o died on 8th April 1993. R.I.P. Will those who think of him today, a little prayer to Jesus say. Always remembered by HEALY (16th and 10th Anniverhis mother Mary, brothers, sisters, saries): In loving memory of our Dear Father and Mother, Gerard relatives and friends. Healy who died 9th January 1996 and his Wife Alice, who died 3rd April 2002. R.I.P. Today your memory is quietly kept, no words are needed we will never forget, each one of us in our own way, have special thoughts of you both today. Time may pass and fade away but silent thoughts and memories stay. Always rememGREER (10th and 5th Anniv- bered by your daughters Martha, ersaries): Cherished memories of Bridget, Caroline and Kitty. our wonderful Parents and beloved Grandparents, Denis and Bridie, who sadly passed away on 13th April 2002 and 31st March 2007. Sweet is your memory, precious your name, close to our hearts you will always remain. We cannot bring the old days back when we were all together, but thank you for the memories you left, for all of us to treasure. Death leaves heartache KELLY (20th and 4th Anniverno one can heal, love leaves a saries): In loving memory of my memory no one can steal. Much Dad Denis Kelly, late of Kinturk, loved and sadly missed by your Connolly, who passed away on the loving family Martin and Claire, 4th April 1992 and my Brother Anne-Marie and George, Agnes Pat-Joe, who passed away on the and Stephen, Denis and Elaine, 1st April 2008, late of 10, St. grandchildren Neil, Darragh, Evan, Joseph's Terrace, Clarecastle. Nicole, Grace and Robert, xx. R.I.P. Asleep in God's beautiful Anniversary Mass Easter Sunday, garden, sheltered from sorrow and 8th April at 10am in St. Joseph's pain, some day when life's journey Church, Ennis. is ended we will all be together GRIFFIN (5th Anniversary): In again. Always remembered by loving memory of Monica, Gerard and family. AnniPaddy, late of versary Mass in St. Michael's Carrowvere, EnniChurch, Connolly on the 10th April stymon, who died at 10a.m. o n 11th April 2007. Will those who think of Paddy today, a little prayer to Jesus say. Always remembered by his loving wife Nora and family. GRIFFIN (28th Anniversary): In loving memory of our Dad, Michael Griffin, Tullabrack, Kilrush, who died on 9th of April 1984. R.I.P. Will those who think of him t o d a y , a little prayer to Jesus say. He will always be remembered by his loving family. Anniversary Mass in the Cathedral at 9a.m. on Sunday, 8th of April.

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KELLY (20th and 4th Anniversaries): In loving memory of my dear D a d , Denis, Kinturk, Connolly, who passed away on the 4th April 1992 and my Brother, Pat Joe, who passed away on the 1st April 2008. R.I.P. "Time may pass and fade away, but silent thoughts and memories stay". Always remembered by Maureen, Adrian, Stephen a n d family. Masses offered.

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LENIHAN (35th Anniversary): In loving memory of Ellen, R.I.P., late of Doctor's Hill, Kilfenora, w h o died on 8th April 1977. Your life was full of kindly deeds, a helping hand for others needs, sincere and true in heart and mind, loving memories left behind. Sadly missed and always remembered by daughter Betty, granddaughters M a r y a n d Sharon, grandson Michael and Stephen. Masses offered. LOUGHREY P.J. (5th Anniversary): In loving memory of P.J., late of Ballygeaghan, Tubber, Co. Galway, who died on the 8th April 2007. Like falling leaves the years slip by, but love and memories never die. No verse, no flowers, no tears can say, how much we miss you every day. Sadly missed by your loving wife Imelda, family, relations and friends. Anniversary Mass in St. Colman's Church, Gort o n Monday, 9th April at 10am.

L Y N C H (nee Barry) (5th Anniversary): In loving memory of Nora (Nono), 1, Dalcassian Drive, Ennis, who died on 30th March 2007. Will those w h o think o f Nono today, a little prayer to Jesus say. Lovingly remembered by her husband Dano, relatives and friends. Mass in the Cathedral, Ennis, on 5th April, at 7.30p.m. LYONS (2nd Anniversary): In loving memory of Mary Lyons, late o f Kilcurrish, Fountain, Ennis who died on 15th April 2010. Your long life was one of kindly deeds, a helping hand for others' needs. Sincere and true in heart and mind, beautiful memories remain behind. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by Gerard, John, Maura, P e t e r a n d Bernadette, y o u r daughter-in-law Valerie, grandchildren Eimear and Orlaith, and all your relations and friends. Anniversary Mass in Dysart Church on this Sunday, 8th April 2012 at 9.45am. MAHONY In loving memory of Mary, who died on 29th June 2006 and Pat who died on 28th January 2008, of Moughna, Miltown Malbay. Will those who think of them today a little prayer to Jesus say. Always remembered by their son and family. Anniversary Mass i n Ennistymon Church, o n Wednesday, 11th April at 7.30p.m.

MATTHEWS (16th Anniversary): Martin, Mullagh Road, Miltown Malbay. Martin: "Sweet are the memories, silently kept, of a Husband I love and never forget. My life goes on without you, but nothing is the same, I often hide my heartache when someone speaks your name. A Mass and a prayer are all I can give, those you will have as long as I live." Always remembered by your wife Mary. Daddy: "Next time we meet you Daddy, will be at heaven's door and when we see you standing there, we will cry no more. We will put our arms around you and kiss your smiling face, then the pieces of our broken hearts will fall back into place." Patrick, Paul and Liam, xxx. Mass will be offered on 20th April at 10 o'clock. MATTHEWS (16th Anniversary): In loving memory of Martin Matthews of Mullagh Road, Miltown Malbay, who died on the 9th April 1996. R.I.P. "The happy hours we once enjoyed, how sweet their memory still, it does not take a special day, for us to think of you. A silent tear, a quiet prayer, for someone special in God's care." Always remembered and sadly missed by your brother-in-law Pat and wife Rose, New York. MATTHEWS (16th Anniversary): In loving memory of Martin Matthews of Mullagh Road, Miltown Malbay who died tragically on the 9th April 1996. R.I.P. " Y o u always h a d a smile to share, time to give and time to share, your loving nature, your heart of gold, these are the memories we will always hold." Always remembered by the Malone family.

Mc NAMARA (19th and 8th Anniversaries): In loving memory of our dear Parents, Tom and Bridget Mc Namara, late of Tullygarvan, Lahinch, who died on the 23rd June 1993 and the 11th April 2004. Will those who think of them today, a little prayer to Jesus say. Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on their souls. Sadly missed and always remembered by their loving family. Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in Lahinch Church on Easter Sunday, 8th April 2012 at 10.00am.

McCARTHY (4th Anniversary): In loving memory of a dear Wife and Mother, Betty McCarthy, 3, Tullyglass Crescent, Shannon, w h o died on 11th April 2008. R.I.P. A silent grief that's in our hearts, no human eye can trace, for many a broken heart is hid beneath a smiling face. Just a prayer from those who love you, just a memory fond and true, in our hearts you will live forever, because we thought the world of you. Sadly missed by your loving husband Joe, daughter Rita, sons David and An d rew a n d daughter-in-law Deirdre. Anniversary Mass will be held in Mary Immaculate Church, Shannon on Sunday, 15th April at 11 a.m. McLOUGHLIN (2nd Anniversary): Remembering our beloved Jim, A r d n a Greine, Ennis, w h o died 8th April 2010. R.I.P. We miss you from y o u r fireside chair, your loving smile and gentle air, your vacant place no one can fill, we miss you now and always will. Sadly missed by Loreto, Andrew, Susie and their families. McLOUGHLIN Jim (2nd Anniversary): Ard na Greine, Ennis, who died on 8th April 2010. R.I.P. Your quiet nature was one to admire, peace and contentment were your desire, your ways were good, your spirit true, you troubled none, your wants were few. Sadly missed by Michael, Nancy and all the O'Loughlin family. McMAHON (9th Anniversary): In loving memory of Molly, w h o passed away on the 27th of March 2003. To us you were someone special, someone set apart, your memory will live forever, engraved within our hearts. Remembered with love by your family.

McNAMARA (15th and 2nd Anniversaries): In loving memory of our Parents and Grandparents Mikie and Lana, Kilcrona, Kilkee, whose anniversaries occur at this time. Mass on Easter Saturday, 7th April, at 9p.m., in St. Mary's Church, Carrigaholt.

Friday, April 6, 2012 MEANEY (2nd Anniversary): In loving memory of a dear Husband and Father P.J., Cranny, Kilrush, who died on the 11th April 2010. R.I.P. "Your presence we miss, your memory we treasure, loving you always, forgetting you never." Sadly missed by your loving wife Mary and family.

MURPHY (11th Anniversary): In loving memory of Michael Murphy, Cratloe Cro ss, Cratloe, C o . Clare, who died on Saturday, 7th April 2001. Looking back with memories, upon the path you trod, we bless the hours we had with you, and leave the rest with God. No farewell words were spoken, no time to say goodbye, you were MEERE (21st Anniversary): In gone before we knew it, and only loving memory of God can tell us why. Each day we a wonderful see your picture you seem to smile Mother, Tessie and say, "Don't cry, I'm in God's Meere (nee hands, we'll meet again someday!" Coghlan), CaherDeath leaves a heartache no one calla, Ennis, who can heal... Love leaves a memory died on the 1st no one can steal. Loved so much April 1991. Mam: by Mum Eileen, sister Ciara and God called your brothers Tom and Alan. Annivername so softly sary Mass, Holy Saturday 7th that only you could hear and no April at 9.00p.m. in St. John's one heard the footsteps of the Church, Cratloe. angels drawing near. Now we wander to your graveside and place MURPHY (11th Anniversary): In some flowers with care, but no one loving memory of knows the heartache as we turn and m y d e a r S o n , walk away. Memories are precious Michael Murphy, they do not fade away, we think of C r a t l o e , C o . you always not just today. Time Clare, who died slips by and life goes on, but from on the 7th April our hearts you are never gone. 2001. Time may Loved and remembered always, p a s s a n d f a d e Anne, Jim and Toiréasa, xxx; away, but silent Mary, Tony and Shane, xxx. t h o u g h t s a n d Anniversary Mass on Easter memories stay. No longer in our Monday, 9th April at 7.30pm in lives to share, but in our hearts you are always there. Never forgotten Ennis Cathedral. by your loving Dad. Anniversary MINITER (2nd Anniversary): Mass on Tuesday, April 10th at 7pm in Ss. John & Paul's Church, Remembering our Shannon. beloved Mae, 15 Kincora Park, MURPHY (12th Anniversary): In Ennis, who died loving memory of 13th April 2010. Philomena R.I.P. We miss Murphy, Clonyou from your drina, Coolmeen, fireside ch air, who died on April your loving smile 7th, 2000. R.I.P. and gentle air, your vacant place no one can fill, "A silent thought, we miss you now and always will. a quiet prayer for Sadly missed by Gerry, Anthony, a special person in Maria, Adam, Isaac and Adriana. God's care. LovAnniversary Mass in St. Joseph's ing and kind with a heart of gold, Church, Ennis on Monday, April our memories of you will never grow old. Will those who think of 9th at 11am. Phil today, a little prayer to Jesus MOLLOY (16th Anniversary): In say". Lovingly remembered by your husband Michael, daughter loving memory of Moira, sons Desmond, John and our dear Mother Michael and their families. Masses and Grandmother, offered. D o r i s Mo l l o y . You left us lovely MURRAY Vivian, Gortaveha, memories, your Flagmount, Co. love is still our Clare (1st guide and though Anniversary): In we cannot see loving memory of you, but you are my dear Brother always by our sides. Sadly missed Vivian. If tears and never forgotten by your loving c o u l d b u i l d a son Joe, daughter Martina and your s t a i r w a y a n d grandchildren, xx. memories a lane, I would walk right MOLONEY (7th Anniversary): In up to heaven and bring you home loving memory of again. Loved and remembered by a Mother, Grandhis sister Barbara, niece Helena, mother and Sister, nephews Brian, Sean and Stephen. Annie Moloney, NEYLON (4th Anniversary): In late of 8, Hermitloving memory of age. Masses our dear Father offered on the 3rd and Grandfather, o f March at Mike Joe, late of Cloughleigh Kilclogher, Church at 9.30a.m. Time slips by but love Kilmaley, whose and memories never die. No matter a n n i v e r s a r y what we do, a special place is left o c c u r s a t t h i s for you. Mam, a little prayer for time. Treasured someone special in God's care. memories of a Sunshine passes and shadows fall, very special Dad. We hold you but your love Mam outshines them close within our hearts and there all. Sadly missed by your loving you shall remain, to walk with us throughout our lives until we meet family. again. Happy memories we will MORRISSEY (19th Anniversary): keep forever, when we were all In sad and loving memory of my together. Each of us in our own dear Mam Mary, Ballymakea, way, say a special prayer for you Mullagh, who died on 2nd April today. Time passes, memories are 1993 R.I.P. "Time has slipped by, forever. Always remembered by but love and memories never die, your loving sons, daughters, in my heart you will always stay, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, loved and remembered every day. brother, sisters and friends. AnniSilent thoughts, a silent tear, versary Mass in Kilmaley Church always wishing you were here, life on the 8th April at 11.30am. goes on I know that's true, but NUGENT (1st Anniversary): In never the same since losing you. loving memory of As near as a heartbeat, as close as K e v i n Nugent, a prayer, whenever I need you, I C l o n u s k e r , feel you are there, you're not just a Scariff, Co. Clare, memory or part of the past, you are who died on 3rd there to remember as long as life April 2011. Deep lasts." Sadly missed along life's are the memories, way and always remembered by precious they stay your loving daughter Maureen. no passing of time can take them MULLINS (32nd Anniversary): In away. They bring a smile mostly a loving memory of a dear Husband tear, but always a wish that you and Father Tom, late of Willbrook, were still here. Deep in our hearts Corofin, who died 6th April 1980. you will always stay, loved and R.I.P. Years go by, life goes on, missed every day. Always rememfrom our memories you are never bered by your loving wife Mary gone. Always remembered by his Anne, sons: Thomas, Martin, loving wife Margaret and family. G e r r y , L i a m a n d C a i m i n . daughters: Anne, Mary, Josephine, Noreen and Carmel, sons-in-law, MURPHY: In loving memory of daughters-in-law, grandchildren my Dad and Mam, Michael and and great-grandchildren. AnniverMary Ann, who died on the 10th of sary Mass on Easter Sunday, 8th April 1971 and October 21st, 1976, April, at 9a.m., in Clonusker late of Bealcragga, Connolly. Church. Though heaven and earth divide us, we are never far apart, for you are N U G E N T Kevin, Clonusker, always in our thoughts and forever Scariff. 1st Anniin our hearts. Sadly missed by their versary 3rd April daughter Philomena, grandchildren 2 0 1 1 . Mass Michael, Denis, John, Helena, o f f e r e d . W e Cathal. remember your smile, and the MURPHY (7th Anniversary): In things you would say, and treasure loving memory of the memories of Dominic, Sixmilethose happy days. bridge, who died The laughs we shared, the way that on the 6th April you cared, and the joy that you 2005. Time may brought to our lives. Loved and pass and fade sadly missed by your daughter away, but silent Josephine, Pat and family. thoughts a n d memories stay. O'CONNOR (8th Anniversary): In Always rememloving memory of bered by your loving family. James O'Connor, Anniversary Mass in St. Finnach- Ennis Road, Milta's Church, Sixmilebridge on t o w n M a l b a y , Saturday, 14th April at 7pm. who died on 9th April 2004. Also his Son Jim, who died 2nd October HEADSTONES 1978. Masses B A R R E T T M E M O R I A L S offered. A Mass, a Lahinch R o a d , Ennis. 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O'DOHERTY (1st Anniversary): In loving memory of Stephen, Clohanes, Cree, who died on 10th April 2011. "The gates of heaven opened wide, the angels lined up side by side, a special guest was on his way, when God took you home that day." A silent thought a quiet prayer, for a special person in God's care. Always remembered by his family. Anniversary Mass 11th April 2012 in Doonbeg Church at 7.30pm.

O'LOONEY (3rd and 14th Anniversaries): In memory of Dilly who died 18th April 1998 and Martin who died 29th April 2009, of Monreel, Ennistymon. Words are few, thoughts are deep, memories of you we will always keep. Each one of us in our own way, have special memories of ye both today. Always remembered by all your family. Anniversary Mass in Clouna Church on Sunday, 8th April at 9.30am.

RYAN (6th Anniversary): In loving memory of a dear Husband, John late O'Gorman Street, Kilrush, who died the 8th April 2006. There never comes a moment that I don't think of you, not a day that passes that your face is not in view and when I am feeling lonely and tears come to my eyes, I think of you at peace and I know I shouldn't cry. There is a corner in my heart you visit every day, it's a special place for you alone and there you will always stay. Your loving wife. Anniversary Mass Sunday, 8th April at St. Senan's Church, Kilrush. RYAN John (6th Anniversary): Late of O'Gorman Street, Kilrush, Co. Clare, who died on 8th April 2006. In loving memory of a special D a d a n d Grandad. T h e gates of heaven opened wide, the angels lined up side by side, a special guest was on the way, when God took you to your eternal home that day. Sadly missed and loved forever, your son Jason, daughterin-law Ann and granddaughter Ella, xxx.

RYAN (6th Anniversary): In loving memory of a dear Father John who died the 8th of April 2006. If I could write a story, it would be the greatest ever told, of a kind and loving father who had a heart of gold. If I could write a million pages, I'd still be unable to say, just how I love and miss you, every single day. Sadly missed and always remembered by your loving O'LOONEY Mary (7th Anniver- son John and Rebecca. sary): L a t e o f Monreel, EnnisRYAN (6th Anniversary): In tymon. Fondly loving memory of remembered a dear Dad and always by your Grandad. No spesisters Mona, Una cial day is needed and Anne. for us to think of you, for you were someone special and we thought O'LOUGHLIN Emer, late of the world of you. A Mass, a prayer Ennistymon, Co. is all we can give, but this you will Clare, w h o s e have for as long as we live. Love Anniversary always, your son Daniel, daughteroccurs on the 8th in-law Bríd, grandchildren Colin, of April 2012. Ian, Aoibheann and Allisha, Emer, You were xxxxxx. taken so painfully, it's h a r d t o understand. W e SCANLAN (34th Anniversary): In hold you close loving memory of Patrick Scanlan, within our minds and hearts, and late of Kilfeara, Kilkee, who died there you will remain, to walk with on the 5th of April 1978. R.I.P. us throughout our lives until we Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy meet again. Sadly missed by Mam. on his soul. Masses offered. Never R.I.P. forgotten by his loving sons PJ and Francis. In a beautiful book of O'LOUGHLIN E m e r , remembrance, y o u r n a m e i s engraved in gold, to us who loved Ennistymon. (7th you dear, your memory will never Anniversary): grow old. Fondly remembered by your Uncles, Aunts and SHANNON Mick (12th Anniverall your Cousins. sary): April 2nd. Our hearts are full of memories, with pride we speak your name, though life goes O'ROURKE (3rd Anniversary): In on without you, it loving memory of will never be the a dear Mother and same. It isn't what Grandmother, we write or event Frances, 6 Dalcaswhat we say, its how we feel inside sian Avenue, as we think of you today. Sadly Ennis, who died missed by your Kiki and nephew on the 7th April Christopher. 2009. You left us beautiful memoTALTY Bridget, Orchard Lane, ries, your love is still our guide and though we Ennis (formerly (8th cannot see you, you are always by C o o r e ) our side. Remembered with love A n n i v e r s a r y ) : and sadly missed by John, Ned, Treasured memoGina and Sheila, grandchildren r i e s o f o u r Rachel, Emma and Bobby. Anni- beloved Mother, versary Mass on Easter Sunday, G r a n d m o t h e r , April 8th at 10.30am in the G r e a t - g r a n d mother, Sister and Cathedral, Ennis. Aunt who died OGRIN Herbie (6th Anniversary): 3rd April 2004. A mother's love is something that no one can replace, Rockland House, it's made of deep devotion, of New Quay, sacrifice and pain, it's endless and Burrin, who died undying and enduring come what on April 13th, may, for nothing can destroy it or 2 0 0 6 . R.I.P. take that love away. Forever in our Memories are thoughts and prayers, your loving something no one family. can steal, death O'LOONEY Mary (7th Anniversary): L a t e o f Monreel, Ennistymon. "Deep in our thoughts your memory is kept, to love and cherish and never forget". S a d l y missed by your husband Brian and family. Anniversary Mass in Rath Church on Sunday, April 15th at 9.30a.m.

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EUSTACE Kathleen Doonmore, Doonbeg. The Eustace family would like to thank all who sympathised with them on their recent sad loss. A kind thank you to her good neighbours and friends and to those who called to our house prepared food and helped in anyway. We thank most sincerely those who attended the rosary, removal and burial. We thank those who telephoned sent Mass cards and funeral tributes. We thank the nurses and staff of Ennis Hospital Kathleen's G.P Dr. O'Meara who took such great care of her and to Grainne the nurse, ambulance crew and Gardaí who attended to her on that morning. A sincere thanks to Michael Considine and Norah who made the funeral arrangements and to the gravedigger. Many thanks to Fr: Haugh who celebrated the funeral Mass and to all the members of choir, organist Mary Egan, soloist Mark May, concertina player Siobhan Behan and all the readers for such a beautiful Mass. Thanks t o Bernard Eustace who played and sang at graveside, also a thank you to all the staff at Igoes, Doonbeg, for the lovely food after the funeral. Kathleen is so dearly missed by her husband Vince, daughters, Jackie and Bernie, son-in-law Roy, grandchildren, Matthew, Laura and Nathan, and her brother Johnny, sister-in-law Pat and brother-in-law Joe. As it would be impossible to thank everybody individually, a special Mass of intention is offered for all. Kathleen's Month's M i n d Mass on Monday 9th of April at 10a.m. in Our Lady Assumed into Heaven Church, Doonbeg.

MEEHAN Paddy Formerly of Tullabrack and then Islington, London. Died 15th February 2012. His wife and sons, would like to thank his family members who travelled to London for his funeral. Thanks also to his family, friends and the West Clare Horse Show committee who offered their condolences and sent Mass Cards. Holy Mass will be offered for your intentions.


MELICAN (Nee Breen) Nancy Glenmore, Kilmihil, Co. Clare. Died 8th March 2012.

MILLANE Jim Corlea, Doora, Stonehall. Who tragically passed away on 6th March 2012 Jim's wife Jackie, daughters Dawn, Laura, Cathriona, Joanna, mother Jo, son-in-law Calum and Justin, brothers and sisters, Marian, Una, Peter, Dympna and John and extended family, wish to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation for the wonderful kindness and support given in so many ways by our family, friends, neighbours a n d colleagues. We thank all those who attended Jim's removal and funeral Mass, those who called to the house, brought food, sent cards, letters of sympathy, Mass cards and those who travelled long distances to be with us. Our deepest gratitude to all the emergency services who attended the scene. A special word of thanks to Fr. Harry Bohan who attended the scene and presided over the removal and funeral Mass and who continues to provide support to the family. Thanks also to the priests who concelebrated the Mass. Thanks to everybody who contributed to making Jim's funeral Mass so special, including P u f f O'Conner, the singers and to Johnny for the heartwarming eulogy. A special thank you to all of Jim's friends for the motorbike cavalcade. Many thanks to McMahon's Funeral Directors for their sensitivity and professionalism and to the gravediggers for taking such care over Jim's final resting place. Thanks to all that donated to Bawnmore. As it is impossible to thank everyone individually, please accept this notice as acknowledgement of our sincere gratitude. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions. Month's Mind Mass for Jim will be celebrated on Monday, April 9th at 7pm in St. Finnachta's Church, Sixmilebridge.

Nancy's husband Th o mas, daughters M a r y , Patricia, Geraldine, Caroline, s o n Brendan, brother John Joe, son-in-law Steve, grandson Max, sisters-in-law, nieces, Christina and extended family, wish to thank most sincerely all those who sympathised with us on our recent sad loss. Many thanks to those who called to the house a n d attended t h e rosary, removal, funeral Mass and burial, especially those who travelled long distances. Thanks to those who telephoned, sent flowers, letters, messages, Mass cards and perpetual enrolments. Special thanks to our wonderful neighbours, relatives and friends for your kindness and support at this sad time and for your thoughtfulness i n providing food. Sincere thanks to O'Halloran Undertakers for their professionalism in taking care of Nancy's funeral arrangements, to the pallbearers and the gravediggers who prepared her final resting place. Thanks to Fr. Gerard Kenny and Fr. Peter O'Loughlin who concelebrated Nancy's funeral Mass. Thank you to the altar servers, sacristan and the organist and choir for the beautiful hymns. Thanks to the Glynn family and their staff at Declan's for providing food and refreshments. Special thanks to Dr. Harty, the Ambulance Service and the Doctors, Nurses and staff of Limerick Regional Hospital who cared for Nancy. We are deeply grateful to family friend and Nurse Mairead. Thank you to pharmacist Geraldine Hetherton and staff. Thank you to our good neighbour Gerard O'Leary for rosary. Thanks to Fr. McGucian for praying with us and administering the last rites to Nancy in hospital. To our employers and colleagues f o r your understanding, support a n d flexibility. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgement as a sincere token of our appreciation and gratitude. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions. May God take care of you Nancy until we meet again. Forever in our thoughts and prayers. R.I.P. Nancy's Month's Mind Mass will be offered on Wednesday, 11th April 2012 at 7p.m. in St. Michael's Church, Kilmihil.

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SEAN MURRAY CAR SALES, Kilmurry, Sixmilebridge 061 369805 or Sean Murray on 086 2510077. All cars can be viewed on Any car not on list can be got to order. DIESEL CARS: 2009 Audi A4 saloon silver; 2009 Skoda Octavia 1.9TDI; 2008 Lexus IS220; 2007 Peugeot 407 HDI Estate, 1.6; 2007 Ford Focus 1.6; 2006 Merc E220 CDI; 2006 Merc E320, CDI, Auto; 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara; 2005 Audi A4 S line, 2 ltr; 2003 Audi A4, 1.9 TDI, 6 Speed. PETROL CARS: 2008 Mazda 5 Saloon; 2006 Lexus RX 350 Auto; 2006 VW Golf 1.4; 2005 BMW 525 Auto; 2005 Toyota Yaris 1.1 litre; 2004 Rover 45; 2003 VW Polo 1 ltr; 2002 Toyota Avensis Saloon; 2001 Merc C180 Auto; 2000 Honda Civic Saloon NCT and Taxed; 2000 VW Beetle 21tr all extras. CHEAP CARS TO CLEAR with NCT: 00 Mazda 626; 00 Renault Laguna; 93 Audi A3 1.6. PEOPLE CARRIER 2006 Renault Grand Scenic, 7 Seater petrol; 2005 Toyota Corolla Verso, 7 Seater, Diesel; 2003 Hyundai Trajet, 7 Seat, Diesel. COMMERCIAL VEHICLE: 2007 Nissan Pathfinder; 2007 VW Caddy Van 1.9 TDI; 2006 VW Caddy Van 1.9, TDI; 2005 Toyota Landercruiser LWB; 2005 Mitsubishi L200 Crewcab; 2005 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport; 2005 Nissan Navara Crewcab; 2003 Toyota Landcrusier, LWB Auto; 2003 Toyota Landcrusier SWB; 2003 Citroen Berlingo spotless; 2003 Ford Transit.LWB. All vehicles come with NCT, Warranty, M O T , S e r v i c e d a n d fu lly Valeted. What we sell we service. 24 hour Recovery available.

3 BED HOUSE, Ennis town centre. €500 pcm. 086 2747078. 4 BEDROOM HOUSE for rent. An tSean Dún, Roslevan, Ennis. Available furnished or unfurnished. 085 1105477. AN GLEANN, BRUACH na hABHAINN: Spacious 2 bed apt. Excellent condition. All mod cons. Parking. Close to railway station and town. 065 6824343 or 086 2621854. ATTRACTIVE, well maintained, 3 bed cottage, rural area, outside Kilrush, OFCH. 087 2715947. BEST APARTMENTS, BEST Value, BEST Rents, BEST Call Quinn Property Management at 065 6824343, email: Visit o u r web sit e: w w w . q u i n n for a full list of properties available. CATHEDRAL COURT: Bedrooms to let (one ensuite), in modern town house in town centre. (Female, n o n smokers). 0 8 7 7824287. EN-SUITE BEDROOM to let in Clarecastle Village. Contact 086 2531069. HOUSE FOR RENT in Tulla Village. Detached, 4 bedroom, 3 bathrooms, good rear garden. Close proximity to Schools and all amenities. €600 Neg. Ph.Sean 087 6842711. HOUSE FOR RENT Lahinch Road, Ennis. 3 bed, one ensuite. Good condition. Tel. 086 8513108. HOUSE TO LET 6 miles outside of Ennis. Unfurnished 3 bedroom semi-detached. 083 4186526 for viewing. HOUSE TO LET in Ennis. 3 bedrooms, all ensuite. Convenient to all amenities. Contact 086 2457429. HOUSE TO LET on Galway Road. Few mins walk from Ennis t o w n centre. O . F . C . H . 0 8 7 1943572. HOUSE TO RENT 3 bedroom, off Gort Road, near hospital. Ensuite, OFCH. Tel. 087 2048974. KILDYSART VILLAGE: Beautifully kept home. First time rental, 3 bedrooms, 1 en-suite, f.f., private parking. 086 8418225 / 086 7974089. LISDOONVARNA: New 3 Bedroomed house to let in the village. All mod cons. R.A. accepted. Tel 086 8116371. LUXURY 2 BED APARTMENT to rent, 5 mins drive Ennis town. 087 2332512. NICELY DECORATED 2 bed apartment for rent. Free parking and bins. Call 087 6101707. ROOM TO LET 2 minutes drive Ennis town centre. Suit profession a l gentleman. References required. 085 8876352. SMALL FURNISHED 2 BED House to rent by Mountshannon Harbour. Private parking. Rent negotiable. 087 2359035.

HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION INIS OÍRR, ARAN ISLANDS: 3 bedroom house available. Enjoy a break on the peaceful Aran Islands. For more information Tel: 086 8657698.

HOUSES 2 BEDROOM COTTAGE for sale, Newmarket-on-Fergus. Ready to live in! Contact 061 476276.

TO LET/LEASE GARAGE + LARGE YARD to let. Suitable for Auto Repairs / tyres, etc. In Sixmilebridge. Tel: 087 9730140.




2 BEDROOM BUNGALOW to rent. 2 bathrooms, all mod cons, excellent condition. Clarecastle. 086 8225416.


25 ACRES GRAZING Spanchhill ABBEY MANURE SPREADER, area. 087 2682594. 11 cwt size, little used, as new condition. Corofin area. 086 4 x 4 BALES of good Hay, baled 8103253. 26th June, Sixmilebridge. 087 6804229. BEARINGS, SEALS, BELTS "Vintage / Classic", Motor / BALES OF SILAGE for sale. Commercial. "Ifor Williams" June 2011. Good quality. Tulla Trailer Kits €15.00. 6207 Baler 2 PEDIGREE ANGUS BULLS area. 065 6835669 / 086 8341533. Bearings €3.50 ea. 085 8340922. for sale, 14 months old. Ideal for heifers. 085 8339964. BARLEY STRAW: Small square CASE IH TRACTORS: 60HP b a l e s . C a l l 0 8 7 7 6 3 5 2 3 3 tractor, 4WD-Shuttle €31,000 inc. 4 YEAR OLD LIMOUSIN Bull VAT. Finance 1.5%. Contact 087 for sale. Malibu and Gamin (Limerick). bloodlines. Limesto n e. 0 8 7 CATTLE SLATS All sizes, 9460265. Buckley Agri Ltd Case 6493474. grant-approved, supplied a n d IH main dealer for Clare 068 50070. A SELECTION of Pedigree delivered. Also grant-approved ready mix concrete. Contact Registered Limousin Bulls for sale, DH FARM MACHINERY, Tub12-16 months old. Excellent McGrath Concrete Products, 065 ber Road, Gort, Co. Galway. Bloodlines, Millbrook Tanko and 6835125. *0% Finance on all Claas tractors, Ideal 23. Good docility, BVD C E L T T R E E N U R S E R Y balers, mowers, rakes and feeders. Tested. Contact Liam Williams at Tuamgraney, specialising i n *Cheep finance on the all new 087 2423725. native trees and hedging grown 2012 model Conor bale wrappers, slurry tanks, tub feeders, toppers, A.I. BRED Friesian Springers for from Irish seed. All sizes available. Fruit and nut trees also available. side spreaders, etc. *Plant Mec sale. Tel. 065 6832025. Whitethorn (Quicks) 45/100 plants. agitators, the strongest and best agitator money can buy. *Vicon AI BRED British Friesian Bulls, 061 924914 / 087 0577390. mowers, spreaders, etc. *Pottinger 14 months old. Milk Recorded Herd. Yields to 2,000 gallons. CUMMINS POLYTUNNELS for s i l a g e w a g o n s . * A m a z o n sale. Various sizes from €330. spreaders, power barrows, disc Protein 3.9%. Contact: Kevin Tulla area. Contact Pat 087 harrows. *McConnell h ed g e Hassett, 086 8184580. 2737993. www.cumminspoly cutters. *Spearhead hedge cutters. ALL HORSES WANTED suita- *Kverneland tillage equipment. ble for meat processing, at best *NC agitators, dump trailers and prices. Why contact dealers when HAY FOR SALE Round bales. sweepers. *Watson land rollers and you can deal direct? Contact John West Clare area. 087 2436223. creep feeders. *DHFM land rollers, Joe Fitzpatrick on 087 9872812. KEANES GARDEN CENTRE land levelers, chain harrows, tine BRITISH FR. BULLS 12-15 Kilcolgan, L i m e r i c k R o a d , harrows, double bale handlers, 6+8 months old. Suitable for heifers. Co.Galway. All varieties of Hedg- b ale trailers. * N u g e n t cattle ing available at keen prices. Laurel, trailers, grabs and bale handling West Clare area. 085 7244351. beech, etc. All varieties of equipment. *Malone disc mowers, CALF SCOUR Use the 4:1 Bolus, vegetable plants, cabbage, lettuce, power boxes, log splitters. *Hayer Rota, Ecoli, Corona, Salmonella. potato seed, onion sets and front loaders. *Yes sprayers. Cryptosporidium, use Crypto shallots. Phone 091 796660. *Cashels ½ ton hoists. *End of Bolus. Scouring Calves use the season sale on shear and tine grabs. D.S.P. Capsules. Cow Infertility MOBILE SAWMILL available. *New Malone disc mowers, 7' and use Mineltra or Sure-trace. Cell Saw your logs into post rail, 8' galvanised frame, topping skids. beams, roofing. Accurate timber Count - use Bovine 26 Bolus. Top service bed from €5,200 inc. Spillane's, Waterford, 0 5 1 cut. Contact 086 0234696. VAT. 10 Claas Axos 330cc, 850 877076 / 087 2573645. SILAGE & HAY BALES for hrs, c/w loader. 08 Claas Celtis 446 CALVES FOR SALE All breeds. sale, West Clare area. Call 086 rc, 950 hrs, c/w loader. 96 Zetor 6320, 2wd. 90 Ford 5610, 2wd. 90 Bulls and heifers. Can deliver. 6792224. Case 385 XL, 4wd. 06 Claas 254 Kevin Doherty 087 6681171. SILAGE BALES for sale. Good bailer. 10 Claas liner 2600 rake. 08 CHAROLAIS BULLS for sale. quality. West Clare - Kilkee. 087 Claas 3050 TC 10 trailed mc/co. 08 15 months old, AI Bred. Call 086 2398240. Pottenger 8' Trailed, mc/co. 08 6051115. SMALL SQUARE HAY Bales, Conor 1600 gal galvanised tank. 08 CHAROLAIS BULL PBR, 15 off reseeded ground. Also black Kuhn HD 3003 power harrow. 09 b a l e s . M c I n e r n e y , Taarup 9' trailed mc/co. Full range months old, AI bred, v.g.o. Quiet s i l a g e of spare parts available for all and fruitful. Limestone. 085 Ardnaculla, Lahinch. Tractors, Mowers, Balers, Ploughs, 2814307. SQUARE BALES barley and etc. Declan 087 2256324, Kevin CONNEMARA STALLION at oaten straw. Gort area. Phone 091 Stores at 091 630827. stud, Beagh Lad, 15.1 hh Class 2 637188. FOR SALE: Cattle trailer, good because of over-height, has tested negative for the blue eye gene. TIMBER PLANKS for garden condition, 10 x 5, double axle. Also Newline Oscar at stud, edge or raised beds delivered. 086 Phone 087 7674238. breeding lots of dun foals. Both 2560372. HAY BOB Simak Spring 300. stallions breeding top class foals. Excellent condition. Tel: 087 Back breeding can be checked on TO LET: 13 acres of good grazing 9383417. internet. All breeds covered. Peter land, 3 miles from Ennis. Tel: 087 MF 35X and MF 135 with Cab for Hayes, Tullygarvan, Lahinch, 2490295. sale. Both in good condition. Tel. 087 2812361. TOP QUALITY reseeded silage 087 9686369 or 065 7084305. EXCELLENT QUALITY 18 bales for sale. Labasheeda area. MILKING MACHINE for sale. 4 months old purebred Limousin Tel: 087 6130078. unit Alfa Laval with VP 76 Pump Bull, has Heifers Served and extremely quiet. Limestone. WHITETHORN HEDGING for and Motor, also Plate Cooler. All Michael Hynes, Main Street, REPS and AEOS. We also supply in perfect condition. 087 9540609. Corofin. 0 6 5 6 8 3 7 3 5 5 ; 0 8 7 beech, Laurel, Alder, Ash, Birch and fruit trees, etc. Tree and hedge TRACTORS FOR SALE: MF 0538731. planting service available. Official 390T, 4WD for sale, very good FACTORY HORSES Wanted invoices issued. C2 Registered. condition, 12/12 shuttle. MF 390 Top prices paid. Contact Liam Gerard Moran Landscaping, 2WD, silver cab, 12 speed. MF 265, fully rebuilt. MF 168, new Howard 087 9075897 or 061 Ballynacally 086 6022626. cab, wide wheels. MF 135 - 35, off 377737. farm condition. MF 165, off farm FOR SALE: 2 x dairy AI Bred condition. Howard 70 Rotavator. Heifers, calved 1 week. Milking Hardi 44 gallon Sprayer, spotless FARM BUILDINGS well. Milk recorded herd. Ph: 087 condition. A l s o V i c o n 4 0 2 2382432. ROCK FARM BUILDINGS: 087 Spreader, very good condition. FOR SALE: P.B.R. Limousin Bull 2645491. Supply and erection. Contact 065 7079983 / 087 by Mas Du Clo. 12 months old. Contact Colie Rock, Gort. 2469417. Excellent temperament. Phone: 087 VICON Fertiliser Spreader, Power 6957942 or 086 4025799. Box, Land Roller 8 x 30; Transport TARMACADAM FOR SALE: Pure Bred Limousin Box. Tel: 086 8525765. Bull by Mac du Cla. 087 2969421. CLARE TARMACADAM in G E R M A N S H E P H E R D 1 3 Bunratty. Quality tarmacadam, USEFUL SERVICES months old. Good guard dog. Very machine or hand laid. Car parks, roads or driveways. Kerbs and large. 087 6239155. 1 ALL TYPES OF POWERdrainage supplied and laid. For a J A C K R U S S E L L P U P S free quote telephone Jim 061 WASHING and drain cleaning service. Also slatted sheds powerMale/Female. Small breed. Price 708707; 087 2599227. washed, houses, footpaths, patios, reasonable. Contact 065 9051662. gutters emptied, fascia and soffit NEWMARKET-ON-FERGUS cleaned etc., drains unblocked. All Agricultural Show Sunday 6th BOUNCING CASTLES done to the highest standard. May - Over 20 Commercial and Contact 086 1655862. Pedigree Cattle classes. Ring AAA BOUNCY CASTLE MAN: Let us inflate your imagination... 1 SPECIAL BRANCH TREE Paula for info. 086 8052646. with our Bouncy Castles, Castles SERVICES: Qualified tree surP.B.R. CHAROLAIS BULL for with slides, Super Slides, Obstacle g e o n s c o v e r i n g a l l a r e a s . sale. 18 months, Sire Vagabond, Courses, Fun Run, Gladiator, *Complete tree care service. Dam by Vern Indigo. Call 086 Sumo Suits, Bungee Run, Marquee *Topping, cro wn reductions, 3782947. Hire also available. Contact felling, dangerous limb removal. PBR LIMOUSIN BULLS for B o u n c y C a s t l e M a n , 0 8 7 *Hedge reduction, maintenance and removal. *Chipping and stump 6296860. sale. AI bred. Tel: 087 6682067. grinding. *Wood chipping hire. P E D I G R E E C H A R O L A I S BALLYNACALLY BOUNCING *O.A.P. discounts. 24 hour emerBULL, 2½ years old. Exception- CASTLES: Slides and Marquees gency service. *Everything taken ally quiet. Owner changing system available for all occasions, at the away. Call Liam 087 1440605 or of farming. Calves can be seen. keenest prices. Mid-week specials Trevor 087 9801269 - Fully East Clare. 087 6702691. available. Contact 087 9784090 / qualified and insured. City and Guilds Certified. PURE BRED LIMOUSIN 6 085 1131321. years old. Genuine reason for A 1 POWER WASHING selling Quiet and fruitful. 087 B O U N C I N G C A S T L E S & SERVICES: Patios, decks, shop MARQUEES Bouncing castles, fronts, yards, gutters and windows 7921856. big and small with slides, inflatable cleaned. Fully Insured. All work PUREBRED REGISTERED slides.Party Tents available for all guaranteed. Free quotes. Punctual Charolais and Limousin bulls, your party needs. Contact Seamus service at a fair price. 20 years 14-20 months. AI bred. Also ¾ C l a r e B o u n c i n g C a s t l e s , experience. Special rates for OAP. bred Charolais springers, some K n o c k a n e a n , E n n i s . 0 8 6 Call John 061 409108 or Aidan with calves at foot. 087 9565963. 8312422. 085 2306732.

INDUSTRIAL/STORAGE UNITS to let, Ballymaley, Ennis. From 2,000 sq. ft. - 4,000 sq. ft. 6 WANTED: Factory cows and m high. From €3 sq. ft. Office bulls, also lame and culled cows, LISSYCASEY B O U N C I N G space from €5 sq. ft. 087 2500231. cattle and horses bought. 087 CASTLES A bounce above the rest. Castles, Castles with Slides, 6681171. Big Slides. All ages catered for. 065 6834979 / 086 2480673.


LAND WANTED to rent 40 - 60 SAND BLASTING acres approx, for 10 years lease. Cree / Cooraclare / Kilrush areas. SAND BLASTING & Painting Service. All Types of Steel work, Call 086 3732855. Plant, Machinery, Vintage, Timber WANTED: Farm of land to lease, etc. Priming, Painting (Hot Dip Kilrush / Kilkee / Cross area. Call Galvanise) can be arranged. Gort. 087 0671285. Phone 087 2256324.



FENCE POSTS AND PANELS for sale. Plain or Rock Face finish. Contact McGrath Quarries. 065 6835125.

S C A F F O L D I N G sale/hire, new/used, kwikstage and cuplock system scaffolding. Contact Dermot 061 452400.

MARTIN GLEESON FENCING For professional fencing, all types supplied and fitted. Co. Clare's best (tried and tested). Also supplier of Megasant, ranked No.1 detergent/sterilizer on Teagasc list for hot or cold cleaning of milking machines and bulk tanks. Contact Martin at 087 9831941 "Simply the Best".

STOVES R Y A N S T O V E S Burgess, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. Best choice of stoves in Munster. All the leading stove brands available. Installation service available in Clare. Call us on 067 42709 or 086 8211255.


DELIVERY AND REMOVAL SERVICE Household, office, etc. Courier service. No job too big or small. VAT Reg. Phone Brian 087 6877399. D R A I N S C C T V Surveying, Unblocking, Repairing. Cahir Environmental Services. Excellent rates. Call 065 6866850, 086 8443592. ELECTRICIAN: R.E.C.I. Registered with 20 years experience for new installations, rewires, extra sockets, lights, showers, phones, etc. 086 3985874. ENNIS CHIMNEY CLEANING Professional chimney cleaning service. Soot removed using brush and vacuum. Also crow guards and rain cowls supplied and fitted. Gutters emptied and windows washed. Contact Mike at 065 6822043 / 087 9837027. ENNIS WINDOW CLEANING A N D POWER WASHING SERVICES: Chimneys cleaned. Houses, footpaths, driveways, etc. Window cleaning, gutters emptied, fascia, soffit cleaned. R o o f s cleaned by hoist. Fully Insured. Prompt service Contact Kevin Cosgrove 087 1385904.

F O R A L L Y O U R G a r d e n 01 LANCER Opel Corsa, 01 Maintenance. Patio laying, Garden Focus. 087 2682594. edging, Lawns cut, strimmed. 04 NISSAN ALMERA 1.5 Sport, Contact Andrew 085 1634375. 3 door, NCT to 2014. Tax 11/2012. LANDSCAPING: Lawn cutting Lady owner. Mint condition. 086 (ride on), garden maintenance. 8350681. Hedging / pruning, weeding, patios 04 PEUGEOT 206 NCT 3/13, Tax / stone work, fences, rubbish 6/12, immaculate condition inside removal. Martin 087 4139062. and out, 66,000 miles genuine. Lady owner. €3,200 o.n.o. Tel: OAK PARK LANDSCAPING: 087 7477549. Lawn cutting, green areas, hedge cutting, patios laid, new lawns also. 05 OPEL CORSA 1 ltr., 4 door, silver, NCT to 4/2013. Mint Call Michael 083 3923593. condition. 086 1026104. ODD JOBS Big or small, we will do. Call Pat now for all your job 05 VAUXHALL ASTRA CLUB, needs. Fast, reliable, friendly 1.6, 80,000 miles, e/w, ABS brakes, 16 inch alloy wheels. service. 087 9892310. Timing belt done, NCT 05/13. Ex. OIL CENTRAL HEATING Oil condition. €4,200 o.n.o. Phone: Stoves serviced, cleaned, repaired. 087 6212527.

Clare County Council Church View Sixmilebridge. Take note that Gearoid O Riain, intends to apply to Clare County Council for planning permission for temporary permission to the construction of a tyre sales / service facility and all ancillary site works for duration of 3 years at Church View, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the Offices of the Planning Authority, Clare County Council, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis, Co. Clare, during its public opening hours and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee, within a period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Clare County Council Diamond Rocks, West End, Kilkee. Planning Permission is being sought by Mr. and Mrs. K. Haugh for the extension and alterations to existing dwelling, café and garage with associated site works at the above address. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Clare County Council Killeagy, Kilbanes, Broadford. Take notice that Patrick Mc Donnell and Aisling Stafford, intend to seek full planning permission for a two storey dwelling house and garage with septic tank and percolation area + associated site works with bored well. That the planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

Clare County Council Ross, Kilbaha. Take notice that M. Hood, intends to apply to the Planning Authority for permission to retain as constructed domestic garage at above address. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority, Clare County Council, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis, Co. Clare, during its public opening hours 7 day call out. OFTEC approved. 2 SETS OF ALLOYS Fiesta, 14", and that a submission or observation M o n t h l y p a y m e n t o p t i o n s new tyres, €100. Toyota, 15", new in relation to the application may be available. Phone or text Kevin tyres, €100. Hitch, Toyota Starlet made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within Allard 087 2534391. 96-99, €80. 086 3039141. the period of five weeks beginning on 2002 TOYOTA YARIS, very the date of receipt by the authority of PAINTER AND DECORATOR clean, 60,000 miles, NCT, has to the application.

available. Fully qualified. Neat, sell urgently. €2,950. 087 2506290 prompt and reliable. Tel. 086 ISUZU TROOPER 96, LWB, 1587360. DOE 06-12, Tax 05-12. 144,000 PAINTER/DECORATOR Rea- miles, very clean. Air con, radio + sonable rates, references, reliable, cd player. 087 6239155. neat work, interior/exterior. 087 6323917. PAINTING: POLISH PROFESSIONAL painters. Best quality, good prices. All Clare. Free estimate. 0 8 5 1662836; 0 8 6 8655537. P K T I L I N G , Kitchens a n d bathrooms, floors and walls, available to fit laminated floors. Reasonable rates, no job too small. Free quotations and advice. Phone Pat 086 8541231.

INSURANCE 1,2,3 REASONS to speak to us before renewing your Motor or Home Insurance. Quick, competitive quotes. Certain accidents and claims accepted*. Immediate cover over the phone*. Gerard & Declan Daly Insurance Brokers, 67 O'Connell Street, Ennis. Tel. 065 6828489. *Terms and Conditions apply. Regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.

PLUMBING & HEATING services. Full range. Magic 086 3297201. SCAFFOLDING: Supply, erect, dismantle. Contact Ger Halpin 086 2560372. SEPTIC TANKS EMPTIED Fully environmentally compliant with disposal at authorised t r ea t m en t facility. WCPLK-11-681-01. Contact: CES, Ennis, 065 6866850, 086 8443592, www. SEPTIC TANKS EMPTIED Distance no object. Tel. 087 6826224; 065 6825598. WCP LK-11- 52902. SEPTIC TANKS/GREASE TRAPS - Call Clare Drains Now 065-6825437 or 086 2776350. Fully licensed/Insured.

S E P T I C T A N K S cleaned promptly and efficiently. Same day cleaning. Licence n o . N C P / L K /159/06C . Contact Septan (Murphys'), Barntick, ClareA1 WESTERN LANDSCAPING castle. Tel: 065 6838292 / 087 For all your landscaping needs. 8396757. Quality w o r k assured. F r e e TAMPA STEAM CO. Carpet and quotations. 087 2038355. upholstery cleaners. 3 average A CAR, VAN, FARM, HOUSE, carpets / rugs €49; 3 piece suite SHOP Insurance Quote? Cheap €49. Ennis and County / W. Clare and quick quotes. Careycorbettsul- Tuesdays. Michael 086 6010060. livan Insurance 065 6893540. TREE SURGERY: Professional CARPET CLEANING Rooms service / advice. Insured, dangerfrom €20; Stairs/Landing €25; 3 ous tree specialists. "Trunk-All" Piece Suites €55. All work tree service. Kevin O'Meara 086 guaranteed. Contact Flan 087 3003769. 9929192.

NO MESS, LESS HASSLE: Organise your children's party at Clare Leisure World. Packages include: Bowling, Quasar, Tumble Towers, Football, Party foods and lots more... Midweek parties Birthday children free with this CHIMNEY CLEANING €30 ad!! Tel: 065 6866777 for details. open fire, stove/range extra. Soot removed by brush and vacuum. No mess. Windows, gutters emptied, p ower -wa sh in g. F u lly in su r ed MARQUEES Tom Power 087 1243327. BANNER MARQUEES AND PA RTY HIRE LTD . 0 8 6 CHIMNEYS CLEANED b y 8120669. For all your party needs. brush and vacuum. Cleaning Marquee Hire available, all sizes chimneys over 20 years. Ring and events catered for. Bouncing Paddy on 065 6828393 evenings or Castles/Slides/Obstacle Courses, 086 2772725 anytime. Sumo Wresting Suits for hire. Contact our professional team on CLARE DRAINS - 065-6825437 0 8 6 8120669. w w w . b a n n e r or 086-2776350 Unblock any Follow us now on drain, empty septic tanks/grease Twitter @Bannermarquees and traps & CCTV surveying. Fully find us on facebook. licensed/insured. Call now.



CHILDMINDING CHILDMINDER available. Lissycasey area. FETAC Level 5, First Aid Course. Good experience. Will go to child's home. Reference available. 087 0665805.

SHIPPING CONTAINERS SHIPPING CONTAINERS: Used or new shipping containers, ex-Limerick. We deliver or you collect. Perfect condition. Aqua Trans Shipping. 061 372500.


Clare County Council Abbey House, Killaloe. Judith and Peter Denison-Edson, intend to apply for planning permission to retain first floor extension and associated works to the above house which is a Protected Structure (ref. RPS439) at the above address. The application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority, Clare County Council, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis, Co. Clare, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the planning authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 within the period of five weeks beginning on the day of receipt by the authority of the application. Such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making its decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.


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Ennis Town Council 23, Cusack Road, Ennis. Take notice that Fergus and Paula Blake, intend to apply to the planning authority for permission for development which will consist of alterations and extension to an existing dwelling house at the above address. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours, and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing, on payment of the prescribed fee, within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

Clare County Council Moanmore Lower, Kilrush. Take notice that Charlie Cullinan intends to apply for full planning permission to construct a machinery shed and a slatted unit for housing livestock with ancillary slurry storage on his farm at Moanmore Lower, Kilrush, Co. Clare. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority, Clare County Council, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis, Co. Clare, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the planning application.

Clare County Council Moveen West, Kilkee. Take notice that Damien Carmody intends to apply for full planning permission to construct a slatted unit with an underground slurry storage tank for housing livestock, on my farm at Moveen West, Kilkee, Co. Clare. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority, Clare County Council, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis, Co. Clare, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the planning application.

Ennis Town Council Unit 6B, Quin Road Business Park, Quin Road, Ennis. Take notice that Tadgh McInerney intends to apply to the planning authority for permission for development which will consist of a new internal first floor storage area, above an existing industrial/warehouse unit at the above address. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours, and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee, within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

Clare County Council Baunmore, Moyasta. Take notice that Anita and Elisa Paggett, intend to apply to the planning authority for permission to retain elevational changes, including bay window, stone porch finish, etc and for permission to revise garage design and location, all under previously granted Permission P11-131 at above address. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority, Clare County Council, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis, Co. Clare, during its public opening hours and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.


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Friday, April 6, 2012

The Clare Champion P21


One man’s moving account of depression Dan Danaher A MOVING account of the difficulties experienced by people suffering from severe anxiety depression was provided by a man at a public meeting in Ennis on Tuesday night. The importance of having easy access to a consultant psychiatrist was emphasised by the man, who addressed a mental health forum on depression, anxiety and suicide in the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis. Five years ago, the father of two boys, who are now in their twenties, woke up in the middle of the night with severe anxiety and since then he has been a different man. In a wide-ranging address, he admitted that he had suicidal thoughts on many occasions, when he saw no future. He is on medication and is to-

tally reliant on his consultant psychiatrist. “I went to my GP for 10 consecutive days when this happened and all I was given was sleeping tablets. Each night, I never slept a wink for two weeks with fear. “For two weeks I was locked into the room until my wife got a psychiatric nurse to come to the house and she got me in to see a psychiatrist. “In Ennis, we have lost one psychiatrist, and I believe they are interviewing a second one. I have so much fear it is terrible. People don’t realise what fear is, what it is like and no one to care for you. “I work in a big workplace and I see hundreds of people, every morning. For 36 years, every person I meet, I say good morning or hello and people look at me as if I am thick and stupid. “People who can’t even say

hello to a person, that is the kind of society we are living in at the moment. People can’t say good morning,” he said. Last November, he told someone he thought of as a ‘friend’ that he was given extra medication and that he would not be able to resume a 30-hour week. He wanted to stay on a 15-hour week for a two-week period so he could get back on the road. The father-of-two recalled he had only had returned 10 minutes when he got a phone call from the chief medical officer of the company saying, “You are unfit for work, you don’t return to work until I tell you.” “He didn’t tell me what to do. Nothing. He just left me on the phone. We need places for the likes of me. “Last week I was in trouble. I went to see a doctor and I was told there is no one here

to help and I went home. I cried and I cried and I cried but I managed to survive, I don’t know how I managed but I survived. Before the meeting, he recalled he had a dream where he felt that people were in the room. “You can feel them touching you and you can feel them putting you upside down and you can’t scream, you can’t shout. That is what mental health is. People who are in despair and have nowhere to go,” he said. Dr Billy O’Connell, who chaired the meeting, praised the man for having the courage to tell his story and he was also lauded by Minister of State, Kathleen Lynch, who stated if everyone was as outspoken as him, the country wouldn’t be in half the trouble it was in. Acknowledging the man required professional help,

Minister Lynch said there is a need to examine how all the goodwill and expertise of voluntary groups could be brought together to provide help to those who need it more efficiently. The Mid-West HSE stated there are currently six consultant psychiatric posts assigned to Clare, with an additional input from a seventh consultant who is responsible for the care of a number of patients while in the acute psychiatric unit. Five of the six posts are filled and it is expected the sixth post will be filled within the coming weeks.

■ Minister Kathleen Lynch speaking at the Mental Health Forum. Photograph by John Kelly

Shannon Development Household charge eager for airport role protest meeting IF it is given a significant role in the running of the airport, Shannon Development can bring a lot of expertise, according to its chief executive, Vincent Cunnane. He told The Clare Champion that he is anxious for the regional development agency to take a role. “Yes, I am and so is the board. The airport is the biggest economic driver in the region and we need a successful airport to have a successful region. Any changes that affect the airport will affect the whole region. We’ve had a long and close relationship with the airport down the years. Until the 1990s we would have done the route development side of things and the marketing and we continue to work very close to them on a lot of issues. Of course, within the Free Zone you have an aviation cluster with over 30 companies. The Free Zone and the airport have a symbiotic relationship.” He said Shannon Development has the skills required to develop the airport’s land bank. “The Minister [Leo Varadkar] is obviously

intent on keeping the asset in State hands and Shannon Development is an obvious agency to facilitate that. “That’s just on an ownership side of things but on the operational side of things, we have a huge talent pool in relation to land bank development and there is a big land bank at the airport that is prime for development in aviation-related activities. “We have been involved with large-scale projects like Doonbeg and Shannon LNG and now the 120 acres we are marketing on the Bunratty land bank. We can bring those same skills to bear on portions of that key land bank at the airport.” He was reluctant to talk about discussions that have been taking place behind the scenes, regarding the airport’s future. However, he reiterated his claim that Shannon Development has a lot to offer. “It’s for others to determine the make-up of the public sector side of things but we believe we have a strong role to play and we’re more than happy to step up.”

Fashion student on shortlist for award Peter O’Connell KAITLIN McGrath from Farrihy, Kilkee, will be one of the finalists at the Goldenegg Fashion Innovation Awards, which will be held in Galway this Thursday night. Kaitlin is a fourth-year student at the Limerick School of Art and Design and is a finalist in the student category. The event will be online, giving the public a chance to view the innovative work of the young designers. Exciting collections from award-winning designers throughout six categories, including designs from five colleges, will be shown at the awards ceremony. The awards give visibility, support and a voice to young design talent throughout the country, offering an opportunity for their work to be shown to a jury made up of fashion design experts. Galway-based milliner Mark Burke will be making a guest appearance at the awards. Mark won the Goldenegg Accessory Designer of the Year award in 2010 and has gone from strength to strength since. Designer of the Year 2011, Una Burke was commissioned to design garments for Lady Gaga. Since then, Burke’s leather creations have been in demand by stylists, fashion agents and photographers.

Australian choir visit COLÁISTE Muire School Choir will host the Churchlands Senior High School, from Perth in Western Australia, on their European tour. This is a group of 140 students comprising a symphony orchestra, mixed voice choirs and chamber ensembles. They will visit Coláiste Muire on Thursday, April 12 and Friday April 13. The purpose of their visit is to learn about Irish culture, to collaborate on traditional Irish repertoire and to present a joint concert. “The choir and the traditional music groups have been working very hard. It is a unique opportunity for our students to engage with peers, who have a common interest,” said Carmel Griffin of Coláiste Muire. A concert will be held on Friday, April 13, at 8pm in Danlann an Chlair and admission is free.

Owen Ryan and Jessica Quinn THE deadline for paying the household charge passed last weekend with a far lower level of payment than what the Government had been hoping for. While the Government said local authorities will be dependent on monies raised from the charge, no communication has yet been made with Clare County Council regarding local authority involvement in pursuing those who haven’t paid. The council also didn’t experience any major increase in the number of people calling to its offices to pay the charge in the days coming up to Saturday. Clearly, those mobilising against the charge have been quite successful and Chris Quinn was one of those heavily involved in the campaign against payment in Clare. He said he suspected the Government has engaged in some propaganda regarding the numbers who have paid. “The numbers are good but what do you believe? Did 860,000 actually register to pay? Also, how many of those were registering their exemptions? You’ll never get the truth from the Government anyway.” He said the campaign would hold a meeting to maintain its momentum in the county. “We’re having a meeting in the Temple Gate Hotel on April 11 at 8pm to get across the message that we haven’t gone away, this thing is not over and the real battle is starting now.” He said adversarial politics had been set aside. “The best thing about it is that party politics are left at the door. Fair enough, the socialist party got it going but they’re also willing to leave their party politics at the door. Basically, this about people and if people are trying to garner support from them, that’s their own business but I’m not affiliated to any party and I intend to stay that way.” A number of people from West Clare travelled to Dublin to protest at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis in Dublin, while they are also planning to protest at the Labour Party confer-

ence in Galway on April 14. Meanwhile, plans are underway to set up a new group in opposition to the household charge and the septic tank charge in Ennis. A meeting will be held next Thursday in Ennis to discuss the setting up of the organisation, which has been called The Voice of the People. This follows a recent meeting of a number of residents’ associations in the town, where opposition to the household charge was expressed. At that meeting, a temporary committee was put in place to seek information about both charges. According to a spokesman for the group, “There was a democratic vote taken where people decided to vote No to the household tax. No coercion or pressure was placed on any person at this meeting; they unanimously said they could not at this time pay.” According to the group, it was decided to hold a larger public meeting “to allow people have a voice on this charge”. “We want to get the whole town and the whole county involved in this movement. We are going to call ourselves The Voice of the People because the Government no longer represent the people. We are calling on our public representatives to be accountable to the people of this county. Democracy is dead, where is the Government for the people? “We will be going as far as we have to with this, even if it means protesting outside politicians’ offices. We will go as far as we can,” a spokesman said. The spokesman said he believes figures released detailing the amount of people who have paid the household charge are “inflated”. “There will be people who have paid and were exempt and they will have to have their money returned. Most people can’t pay for this, you can’t get blood from a turnip. Also, we believe Europe is only for the politicians and not for the people and we are asking people to vote No to the fiscal treaty. “If they vote Yes they are opening their arms to austerity and it’s like turkeys voting for Christmas.”

IN APPRECIATION: PAUL DILLEEN, SHANAWAY ROAD, ENNIS THE death occurred recently of Paul Dilleen, Shanaway Road, Ennis, a well-known and popular figure in the community. Aged 64, he had come through a long battle with serious illness and died unexpectedly on January 27 last. Born in Quin to James and Bridget Dilleen, Paul was educated in the local national school and Ennis CBS. While Paul had a keen interest in sport, he always said things shouldn’t be taken too seriously, a philosophy he carried into many aspects of his life. His family and friends remember him as a man with an unusual sense of humour who had a database of jokes, which he drip-fed on a daily basis. When it mattered, however, there was serious side to Paul and he dealt with things attentively, as befitting his experience as an accountant. In 1965, he joined the accountancy firm of JW Williams in Bindon Street and following his qualification he worked for a brief period with Dan Ryan’s. On returning to JW Williams, Paul soon became a partner in the firm. The partnership continued with Mr Williams’ son, David. In the course of his work, Paul was particularly noted for the caring way in which he dealt with elderly clients and also those of limited means. A loving husband and father, Paul married Breda Audley from Shanaglish in 1974 and the couple reared a family of five, Siobhán, Sinéad, Áine, Niamh and Paul. The family set up home at Shanaway Road, Ennis, in the early ’70s. This was at a time when the road was isolated, with few houses and didn’t have any of the amenities it has today. When Shanaway Residents’ Association was established in 1987, he was the first treasurer. The association lobbied Clare County Council to bring about improvements. Among the activities of the association were socials and pitch and putt in the One Mile Inn and the sports day at the Banner pitch. A staunch Clare hurling supporter, Paul was one of those who followed the team through the lean years and revelled in their league triumphs of the late ’70s and, of course, the All-Irelands in ’95 and ’97. Golf was his sport of choice and at one stage had a single figures handicap. He was a member of Ennis Golf Club

■ The late Paul Dilleen.

and for a number of years was also a member at Lahinch. In Ennis, he won the Cyril Walsh Cup doubles competition with Jim O’Connor, Castlelawn in 1991. He was golfer of the year in the Ennis 750 year and was first in Millennium Week competition. Paul, along with Jim O’Connor, managed the 1995 Ennis Pierce Purcell team that was beaten in the North Munster final. Back in the clubhouse, Paul revelled in the challenge of a game of snooker. He enjoyed the simple things in life and had a great appreciation of nature. He walked the seashore in places like New Quay and Liscannor to pick periwinkles and in autumn took to the countryside to collect hazelnuts. He was also a dab hand at cooking and surprised his family with experimental dishes. Travel was an important part of Paul’s leisure time and he and Breda visited Europe and Australia. Paul’s sudden death came as a great shock to his family and friends. A huge crowd visited the family home where he was waked and there was also a large attendance at his funeral mass in Ennis Cathedral. The chief celebrant was Fr Tom Hogan, assisted by a number other clergy. His remains were interred at Drumcliffe Cemetery. Paul Dilleen is survived by his wife, Breda; children, Siobhán, Sinéad, Áine, Niamh and Paul; grandchildren, Aibhé and James; son-in-law, David O’Connor; brothers, Jimmy, Tomás and Joe; sisters, Mary and Margaret; relatives and a wide circle of friends.


U-14 camogie trials CLARE U-14 camogie trials will take place on Thursday and Friday evenings next at Fr McNamara Park on the Quin Road. Teams A, B, C and D are to attend on Thursday (April 12) at 5.45pm with teams E, F, G and H to attend on Friday (April 13) at the same time. Further information can be had from Clare Camogie chairperson Orla Considine at 087 2417355. Players are asked to be in playing gear as changing facilities are not yet in place at the new camogie county grounds. The panels are listed below. Team A: Rebecca Keating, Orla Moloney, Claire Hehir, Emma Kennedy, Meave Donnellan, Sinéad O’Callaghan, Siobhán O’Callaghan, Niamh Quirke, Jessica Healy, Rachel Kelleher, Abigall Connellan, Polly Edge-O’Neill, Olivia Phelan, Ciara Ryan, Andrea O’Keeffe, Amy Broderick, Katie Minogue. Team B: Lauren Solan, Katelyn Donnellan, Nora O’Rourke, Tara Gleeson, Louise McDonnell, Saoirse Glynn, Aoife Tuohy, Amy Moloney, Chloe Devitt, Ashley McMahon, Evelyn Duggan, Jane Fitzgerald, Kiah Baker, Orla Cotter, Aoife Shannon, Niamh Quirke, Mary O’Connor. Team C: Lauren Solan, Alison Madden, Megan Crowley, Catherine Donnellan, Amy Solan, Claire Commons, Áine O’Grady, Karren Gallagher, Laoise Hurley, Louise Egan, Rebecca Breene, Rachel Minogue, Áine Feehily, Chloe Foudy, Aine Nash. Team D: Rebecca Keating, Jenny Walsh, Sarah Gubbins,

Katie O’Flannagan, Eimear O’Brien, Hannah Wallace, Gráinne Daly, Keelin Lyons, Laura Foley, Sarah Loughnane, Regan Conway, Laura O’Connell, Áine Lynch, Sarah Maloney, Zoe O’Keeffe, Niamh Kelly. Team E: Emma Deegan, Marie Vaughan, Jade O’Rourke, Shona Bently, Áine Lenihan, Ciara Whelan, Rachel Kelly, Rebecca O’Leary, Niamh Mulqueen, Róisín Begley, Ella Donnellan, Amy Keating, Laura McGrath, Sinéad Power, Áine Ronan, Catherine Meede, Nora Casey. Team F: Derbhla McIneney, Róisín Fallon, Adeline O’Malley, Sarah Cotter, Teresa O’Keeffe, Alex Potter, Caoimhe O’Callaghan, Doireann Murphy, Ciara Grogan, Amie Wiley, Elaine Heffernan, Anhagrad Loughnane, Caoimhe Cotter, Clodagh Nash, Emma Deegan. Team G: Marina Ryan, Saoirse Young, Vanessa Meaney, Leanne Casey, Millie King, Laura Neilan, Michelle O’Neill, Michealla Culloo, Rachel Sheedy, Saoirse McNamara, Róisín O’Loughlin, Katie Meehan, Aoife O’Connor, Aoife Walsh, Maria Redmond, Chloe Eustace, Amy O’Halloran, Joanne O’Gorman. Team H: Clara Morgan, Blaithín Byrnes, Maygan Griffin, Anna Carroll, Aoibheann Duggan, Caoimhe Carmody, Rebecca O’Leary, Orla Purcell, Daire Ní Chathain, Nanci Page, Tanya Kerse, Alice O’Donnell, Niamh Kennedy, Erin Walshe, Claudia O’Donoghue, Mia Hanrahan, Dilse Guerin, Lauren Crowe.

■ Above, Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Cíosóg in flying form. ■ Shannon Donovan of Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Cíosóg in action against Ella Greeley of An Daingean Ui Chuis.

Photographs by John Kelly

Inaugural Gaelscoil seven-a-side a huge success THE inaugural primary schools girls’ seven-a-side football blitz for Irish-medium schools was an outstanding success last week. Organised by Cumann Peile Gael na nBan, it involved eight teams from Kerry, Limerick, Galway, Kilkenny and Clare. Donal O h-Ainifein, principal of Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Cíosóg in Ennis and Robbie O’Grifín, the national Irish and culture officer with the Ladies’ Football Association, a

former Kerry footballer, organised the event arising from a decision taken at the annual meeting of the association. “We were delighted to host the inaugural event and it’s planned to extend this to the entire country next year,” Mr O h-Ainiféin told The Clare Champion this week. The following schools participated, Bun Scoil na Toirbhirte from Dingle; Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn from Tralee; Gaels-

coil Faithleann from Killarney, An Mhodhscoil from O’Connell Avenue in Limerick, Gaelscoil Osraí from Kilkenny, Gaelscoil De hIde from Oranmore and Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Cíosóg from Ennis, who had two teams. The day commenced with a masters skills competition conducted by Cork ladies’ senior football manager and former Cork senior football coach, Eamon O’Riain. In the seven-a-side competition,

each of the participants were guaranteed three games and all players involved were presented with medals at the end of play. The winners were Tralee, who beat the Kilkenny outfit in the final on a score of 2-6 to 1-2. Outstanding for the beaten finalists was Neasa Galwey, daughter of former Munster rugby captain, Mick. In the Bowl final, Killarney were 2-10 to 1-10 winners over Limerick. The hosts beat Dingle 3-1 to 2-2 in

the Plate final while the consolation final resulted in victory for Oranmore over the host’s second team on a score of 1-2 to 1-1. The competition was attended by Clare ladies’ football official Johnnie Hayes who, along with Flan O’Reilly and Joe Garry, refereed on the day. Kerry selector and former Clare manager Donie Buckley also attended the event.

P22 The Clare Champion

Friday, April 6, 2012

ennisTOWN Contact Jessica Quinn at or on 065-6864157

ENNIS IN BRIEF Support group

UNDER its cocaine initiative and funded through the MWRDTR, Bushypark Addiction Treatment Centre (a ClareCare service) sponsors a weekly counselling/support group for those trying to stay clean and sober from drug and alcohol use. Free and confidential, these counsellor-led groups are held in Ennis and Limerick. Phone Ellen O’Neal at Bushypark at 065 6840944 if interested. There are also weekly family support programmes for families where there is substance abuse or addiction, free and confidential, counsellorled group support, education and information and drop-in groups. It takes place in Ennis on Tuesdays at 7.30pm, ClareCare room 13, Harmony Row.

Club night THERE will be a fundraiser night for the Clarecastle Youth Club members annual trip away this Thursday night in Power’s Lounge at 9pm. There will be music, finger food and spot prizes. All are welcome.

Moroccan initiative THE Moroccan Irish Friendship Association launches its education programme on Thursday at Ennis Educate Together. The official launch will be performed by Mayor of Ennis, Councillor Michael Guilfoyle.

Parish services A DAWN mass will be held in the old graveyard, on Easter Sunday at 5.30am. Masses during Easter week, April 9-14. Cathedral: 10am and 7.30pm, Monday–Friday; 10am on Saturday. No 7.45am service. St Joseph’s: 11am, Monday to Saturday. Cloughleigh: 9.30am, Monday to Friday. Friary: 10am, Monday to Saturday. Poor Clares: 8.30am, Monday to Saturday. A Trócaire collection will be taken up at the Good Friday Solemn Liturgies in Ennis Parish. For more information on the campaign, visit www.trocaire. org/lent or call 1850 408408.

Toastmasters THE next meeting of Ennis Toastmasters will be held in the Templegate Hotel on Tuesday, April 10 at 8pm. Ennis member Rita Brady recently won the Area 13 International Speech Contest, which was held in the Oakwood Arms Hotel, Shannon.

Cars damaged CARS are being damaged due to the poor condition of a road near Ballybeg Woods, according to a local county councillor. Councillor Pat Daly has expressed concern that cars being driven by local residents and walkers using a nearby car park are being damaged. The Fianna Fáil Councillor has called on the council to upgrade the road from Killone Grove on to the end of the road at Ballybeg Woods.

No road funding SENIOR executive engineer Eamonn O’Dea confirmed there is no funding provision for the Ballybeg Wood Road in this year’s road works’ programme. “Funding is provided under both the Specific Improvement Scheme and the structural improvement programmes to provide further footpaths and upgrading of the Ballybeg Road,” he said. Councillor Daly noted half of Ballybeg was covered in terms of footpaths, which prompted Councillor Paul Murphy to interject “now the council can look after the Clarecastle side”.

Primed for a cut in funding? PRIMING grants for local groups such as residents associations and voluntary groups could be hit if future local government funding is cut due to the performance of the household charge, according to Ennis town manager, Ger Dollard. Speaking at this week’s meeting of Ennis Town Council, Mr Dollard outlined the €100 household charge is being utilised to “fill the gap” in local authority funding. While there are no figures available detailing the number of payments made in Ennis, indications from Clare County Council suggest that Clare is among the “upper echelons” in terms of collection, Mr Dollard stated. He insisted there are “no indications at this stage” of what effect not having full compliance in householders paying the charge will have on the funding of the town council. However, in a later debate on the possibility of reviewing the criteria for priming grants, Mr Dollard stated that if the level of collection of the housing grant does not meet Government expectations and cuts are made to local government funding,

the council’s discretionary funding, such as priming grants, would be assessed. “These priming grants are something that Ennis Town Council is very supportive of but if the funding is not there, these are the type of areas that tend to be hit,” he stated. He was speaking as councillors debated a motion by Councillor Johnny Flynn calling for a review of the payment for environmental priming grants. He urged that the grants reflect the scale of the green spaces to be maintained by use of the number of houses involved and suggested a standard figure such as €20 per house. Councillor Flynn stated that the grant was something that encouraged respect for the town. However, he argued that it is unfair an estate of eight houses can be awarded the same grant as a much larger estate in the town. “Some estates around the town have massive green areas that aren’t just used by the residents of that estate,” he told the meeting. Councillor Tommy Brennan stated some estates in the town get no grant funding

A maximum grant of €300 is payable, subject to submission of receipted expenditure of at least €600. A proportionate grant will be paid where expenditure is less than €600. In the case of an estate with 175 houses or more, a maximum grant of €600 is payable, subject to submission of receipted expenditure of at least €1,200. Mr Cleary said grass cutting is carried out by Ennis Town Council in council estates only and some grass areas on approach roads in the town. In general, grass cutting is the responsibility of residents in private estates. When the council takes over finished estates, it does not include grass cutting. Most estates arrange to collect a contribution from residents for the cost of community environmental projects such as flower/shrub/tree planting, grass cutting and maintenance. “This contribution is very important in achieving a sense of ownership by residents of their estates. The Ennis Town Council Environmental Priming Grant scheme is designed to support and build on existing resident voluntary participation in estate

environmental projects and not to displace them. “The budget for priming grants for 2012 has already been adopted by council as part of deliberations on the 2012 budget. Any changes to the priming grant scheme would need to be budget neutral. “It is difficult to see how this could be achieved within the parameters of the motion. A costing of the impacts of the motion would need to be prepared and considered as part of a future budgetary process. “The council will continue to actively work with and support residents’ groups within the overall resources available. Residents’ associations are encouraged to liase closely with Ennis Tidy Towns Committee and to contact the Environment Section of Ennis Town Council for information of the various initiatives and broader supports available. Current examples include Spring Clean 2012 and National Tree Week.” Mr Dollard told councillors a redistribution of funding could lead to difficulties but that the local authority will look into the merits of a review.

Gloves are on for Ennis Spring Clean ENNIS will scrub up for this year’s National Spring Clean with individuals and voluntary organisations throughout the town coming together on Saturday, April 14 to participate in clean-up events in their communities. Organised by Ennis Town Council, the Ennis Tidy Towns Committee and other voluntary organisations, in conjunction with An Taisce’s National Spring Clean, the clean-up day will take place between 10am and 3pm. The event is specifically organised to clean up all the approach roads to Ennis, along with the green areas, footpaths, roads and streets in both residential areas and housing estates. Model and National Spring Clean ambassador, Sarah McGovern, joined the Mayor of Ennis, Council-

lor Mickey Guilfoyle, in the town square this week to call on members of the community to lend their support to the event. Mayor Guilfoyle said, “The National Spring Clean campaign is now in its 14th year and it is a testament to the community spirit all over Ireland that the participation rates have continued to grow year on year. The clean-up day being organised in Ennis will bring members of the community together to improve their local environment and I am encouraging people to take part in the event, no matter how big or small their contribution might be. “Clean-up kits are available from An Taisce or can be obtained from the offices of Ennis Town Council. Any participating groups should

register with the council and forward a contact name and mobile number to Customer Services, Ennis Town Council, on 6828040 so that bags of litter collected on the day can be picked up.” The National Spring Clean is Ireland’s largest anti-litter initiative, organised by An Taisce and funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. The campaign runs throughout the month of April every year, with clean-up events taking place in towns and communities all over the country. Over 500,000 volunteers participated in clean-ups throughout the country last April. Further information is available from

■ Leonard Cleary, Ennis town clerk; Councillor Mary Coote Ryan; Sarah McGovern, National Spring Clean ambassador and Mayor of Ennis, Michael Guilfoyle joined by local volunteers, Ennis Tidy Towns members and staff of Ennis Town Council at the launch of National Spring Clean 2012 in Ennis. Photograph by John Kelly

Top marks for Ballyea NS Charity canine calendar launched BALLYEA National School has been highly praised in a recently released report by the Department of Education, which outlines that the school is “central to the life of the community”. The report outlines the findings of a whole school evaluation undertaken in the school late last year. The “highly effective” board of management was highlighted in the report and the recent completion of the state-of-the-art modern school building was described as a “tribute to the endeavours of the board”. Inspectors at the school paid tribute to the school’s principal, Martin McMahon, stating he has a “dynamic and inclusive style of leadership” as well as maintaining a “very strong focus on pupils’ learning at all levels of the school”. The school’s teachers were praised for their “exceptional commitment to teaching and to the welfare of pupils while pupil’s at Ballyea National School were found to be “exempla-

ry in their behaviour” with “very positive attitudes to school.” An analysis of questionnaire responses indicated the overwhelming majority of parents feel the school is well run, welcoming and proactive in involving parents and that teaching is good and children are happy in school. The dedication of the parents’ association was also noted by inspectors. The level of school planning and school self evaluation was also praised while the quality of teaching and learning in the areas evaluated is of a “very high standard”. The report outlines, “The overall quality of teaching, learning and pupil achievement is very good. Teacher’s commitment to providing engaging and innovative learning experiences for pupils through the use of a broad range of methods and high-quality resources, including information and communications technology, is noteworthy.” The school’s commitment to the Irish language was also

noted, along with the quality of English, mathematics and physical education. The quality of support for pupils was highlighted in the report, with particular mention of the “inclusion, care and provision for pupils with special educational needs”. A number of recommendations were made by the Department of Education to the school including that the board review current class allocation. It was also recommended that specific time-bound targets be set in the context of advancing school self-evaluation practices and a further development of the model of inclass support already used in the teaching of maths. The school’s board of management stated they wished to acknowledge the courtesy and professionalism of the inspectorate during their visit. “This report is a welcome affirmation of the good work and high standards in our school.”

THEY say that every dog has its day and that’s certainly true for the canine stars of a new fundraising calendar to be launched this week. Organised by the Kilfenora Youth Club, the calendar features pictures of dogs that have all been re-homed from the county pound, with all proceeds going to the Clare Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal’s work at the pound. The calendar will be launched at 11am this Saturday in the Temple Gate Hotel at a coffee morning. According to a spokesperson for the youth club, “Frankie Coote and Sam Cleary from the Clare SPCA and the Clare pound have always been great to us, they come out and judge our annual show and we just wanted to

give something back to them. That’s why we decided to put together the calendar to raise funds. All of the dogs in the calendar have been re-homed from the pound and it’s great to see them in their new lives. “The pound is a very worthy cause, it costs €20,000 a year to keep the pound running and the money this calendar raises will go towards neutering, food, and other things. Everyone in the youth club has been delighted to get involved with this.” Frankie Coote, Clare ISPCA officer, said, “We are delighted Kilfenora Youth Club has decided to launch this calendar for us. All of the dogs featured are rescue dogs and quite a few of them had been abused dogs, so it was lovely to see them

on the day when all the photos were taken and to see them in their new lives. It was lovely to hear from those who had taken the dogs in, with some people telling us their dog has changed their lives. There was one person who would not go out but now they have a dog they are getting out there. It’s good to see so many happy endings.” While the calendar will raise funds for the charity, Frankie said raising awareness of their work is the most important aspect. “The youth club has been very good to us over the last few years with fundraising and I’m thrilled they are once again getting involved. Every bit helps. Clare people are great, the amount of people willing to give to us is fantastic.”

Reunion for Inland Motors employees TEN years after Ennis company Inland Motors closed its doors for the final time, former employees of the plant are set to get together once again for a very special reunion. All staff of Inland Motors, which was set up in Ennis 40 years ago, are invited to come along to the reunion on April 28 in the Temple Gate Hotel. Organisers have already contacted 300 people. However, there may be more former staff members out there who would like to go along and meet some old friends. Geraldine Downey, one of the or-

ganising committee, said, “There were about 300 people at one time working in Inland Motors, it was a very wellknown company, which was situated at what is now Shiels Garage on the Gort Road. It was a very big employer in the town, with its products used in factories all over the world. People still remember it very well. It was a fantastic place to work, that’s why I believe we have got such a huge response from people who want to go along to the reunion; they have all been very enthusiastic. “Many of the staff would have been

teenagers when they started and there are a lot of great memories. There were even a lot of marriages made there, my own included,” she smiled. “We’ve been trying to get in touch with as many people as possible who might have worked there at some stage. We’ve been talking to people who we might not have met in 20 or 25 years.” Any former staff member of Inland Motors who would like to attend the event can contact Geraldine on 085 1532831; Frank on 086 3924343 or Mary on 087 9514884.

38 years of Traveller support services

Court upgrading COUNCILLOR Pat Daly has requested the council to upgrade the entrance roads and footpaths at Phoenix Court, Kilrush Road, Ennis. Senior executive engineer, Eamon O’Dea confirmed Ennis Town Council has removed a tree stump and is progressing the repair of the footpath, kerb and road at Phoenix Court.

Junction works CLARE County Council has been requested to investigate the junction at the end of the Mononoe Road (Mine Road) heading onto the Noughaval Road. Councillor Pat Daly made the call as a result of concern about the lack of visibility for oncoming cars. Senior executive engineer, Eamon O’Dea confirmed the council has examined the location and needed to discuss possible solutions with the adjoining landowners. “Works will require the cooperation of landowners and can be considered for funding in 2013,” he said.

and their areas are maintained by developers or residents themselves. Councillor Frankie Neylon argued that €20 per house “seems a lot” for large estates while Councillor Michael Guilfoyle pointed out the estimates have already been agreed, although he agreed with the spirit of the motion. Councillor Peter Considine stated there were certainly some estates in the town that need to be assessed. Responding to the notice of motion, town clerk Leonard Cleary outlined the Environmental Priming Grant Scheme was revised in late 2011 by Ennis Town Council. In addition to the original grant of €300, this revision introduced a higher grant of €600 for larger estates. The purpose of the grant is to allow the council to contribute financially to local groups such as residents associations and action groups that carry out environmental works in their housing estates. Any group carrying out local environmental work can apply for grant aid and each application will be considered on its own merit.

■ Members of the winning team, Midnight Bandits, in the six-a-side tournament.

MORE than 30 people participated in a soccer tournament on Thursday to celebrate the provision of training opportunities for the Traveller community in Ennis during the last four decades. St Joseph’s Education Centre, located on the Gort Road, is due to change focus in June, having provided invaluable training opportunities for the Traveller community in Clare over the last 38 years. The centre will operate as a skills unit that will serve the wider community, including Travellers. Courses, which will be operated under the auspices of the Adult Education Centre and Co Clare VEC, include woodwork, metalwork and hair and beauty. Last week’s six-a-side tournament at Clare Leisure World was organised by the Congress Information & Opportunities Centre (CIOC), Ennis CDP and Clare County Council and was supported by Clare Civil Defence and refereeing officials from the Clare and District Soccer League. Participating teams included students from St Joseph’s Education Centre; members of the Traveller community; communities invited through the Clare

Intercultural Network and members of An Garda Siochána. A perpetual trophy to celebrate the centre was presented to the winning team, Midnight Bandits, by Triona Lynch, the current Director of St Joseph’s. Deportivo Lack of Talent finished in second place while Cloughleigh Hoops finished in third. John Mongans, student with St Joseph’s Education Centre, was actively involved in organising this tournament. He commented, “It’s a sad occasion on the closure of the centre but a soccer tournament to mark it is a good way for everyone to celebrate before they go their separate ways”. Dr Sean Conlan, education officer with Co Clare VEC, commended the work of the Centre, adding, “There is much good news to report in relation to Traveller education over the past four decades. Nationally, participation and retention of Traveller children at primary school level has increased from under 4,000 in 1998 to over 8,000 in 2008 and the numbers attending second level has reached 3,000. There are approximately 600 outreach programmes and centres in Ireland such as St Joseph’s. All of this indicates that

considerable progress has been made in this area and St Joseph’s has contributed in no small way to this success.” Triona Lynch, director of St Joseph’s, paid tribute to all those involved in running the centre, which she said has provided a place of education for the Traveller community of Ennis for the past number of years. “During this time, it has evolved as a place where participants learned practical skills and participated in various programmes including the Leaving Certificate Applied, FETAC programmes, youth and community work and literacy skills training. There has always been an active interaction between the various local and national community-based organisations and the centre. Participants agreed the centre offered them a safe place in a culturally inclusive environment to further their education and personal development. One learner explained, “I had never used a computer before I started here and now I love it. I’m nearly as good as my children now; I’m not afraid to learn new things anymore.”

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■ At Limerick race course were students Shona Connolly, Ennis; Shannon Nash, Kilmihil and Ciara Dennehy, Kilmihil with Morganette Claire and Fiona for the setting of a new world record for ‘Most People Standing On One Leg Simultaneously’. Photograph by Kieran Clancy/PicSure

OVER one million black bags of rubbish are unaccounted for in the county, with almost half of all Clare householders not availing of a waste collection service, it has been claimed. At this week’s meeting of Ennis Town Council, Councillor Johnny Flynn urged that the county council adopt household waste bylaws. “Fourty-seven per cent of Clare householders are not signed to registered waste collectors. I am asking that a policy similar to what is being done in Limerick and Leitrim be introduced, where households must demonstrate that they have alternative arrangements in place that satisfy the local authority,”

he said. He insisted that the problem of flytipping on the outskirts of Ennis is affecting people’s quality of life. “Ennis is one of the towns that is most badly affected by flytipping,” he stated. According to Councillor Flynn, 47,000 tonnes of waste are produced in Clare every year, with 30,000 of that accounted for and managed. “That leaves 17,000 unaccounted for, which is well over one million black bags worth.” The motion garnered wide support from the other councillors. Councillor Frankie Neylon described how he has seen a home with 80 plastic bags in the garden. “The lady

was in the garden and a rat was looking down from the wall while she was sunbathing,” he said. Councillor Mary Coote Ryan described the level of dumping of household waste as “shocking”. Councillor Paul O’Shea pointed out that some households dispose of waste in the recycling centre and they may not get a receipt. “This might not be deemed acceptable if there are bylaws, we would have to be very careful,” he said. Councillor Mary Howard added that Ennis is a lovely town and it is “dreadful to see people throwing rubbish over bridges and into fields. We need to do something to stop this.” She suggested that

large bins be left in different parts of the town. “At least they would be getting rid of some of their rubbish, some people genuinely can’t afford to pay for waste collection,” she said. However, Councillor Peter Considine objected to this, stating when a skip was tried in Abbey Street Car Park a number of years ago “it was like the Doora dump”. He added the people of the town should not be blamed for flytipping and that people drive for miles to dump rubbish. “It’s a disgrace,” he said. Councillor Tommy Brennan stated bylaws are a good idea but he had concerns about how it would work.

€2.4m in uncollected local authority rates MORE than 70 court summonses have been issued by Ennis Town Council in respect of uncollected rates, it has emerged, with the local authority vowing that “every effort” will be made to recover outstanding monies owed. At this week’s meeting of Ennis Town Council, it was revealed that €2,427,374 in rates is temporarily uncollectable by the local authority as of March 23 of this year. This represents more than one-third of

the rate demand, at 33.73%. As of December 31, 2011 the amount of temporary uncollectable rates balance stood at €2,901,374, representing 40.32% of the rate demand for 2011. However, €474,000 has been collected in rates to March 23, 2012. In 2011, Ennis Town Council had irrecoverable rates, of €502,755 which represented 6.99% of the rate demand for that year. These

irrecoverable rates related to rates which were not legally collectable, such as demolished/vacant properties, charitable organisations and properties owned by the HSE. According to town clerk, Leonard Cleary, the current temporary uncollectable balance is made up of a number of accounts “each with considerable balances owing.” “Ennis Town Council is making every effort to recover these mon-

ies by agreeing payment plans to allow people to make phased payment or by proceeding through the appropriate legal channels including service of court summonses,” he stated. It was confirmed by town manager, Ger Dollard that over 70 summonses have been issued. He said that the local authority intend to “follow to the end” outstanding debts. He emphasised that the local authority is happy to make

arrangements for the payment of money owed. The meeting was told that a number of companies who owe rates have gone into liquidation over the last number of years. “Ennis Town Council must await the decision of liquidators to establish the amount of outstanding rates that will be recovered from these companies,” stated Mr Cleary.

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Walk it to Fleadh Nua

PLANS for Fleadh Nua 2012 have been unveiled this week, with proposals to host an outdoor concert at Abbey Street Car Park, among the ideas being put forward by Comhaltas. Ennis Town Council will also be proposing a pilot period of pedestrianisation in selected areas of the town during the Fleadh Nua’s final weekend. It is anticipated the success of this year’s Fleadh Nua will reap rewards in the ongoing efforts to bring the All-Ireland Fleadh to Ennis. This year’s Fleadh Nua will be held in Ennis from May 20 to 28 and will feature up to 120 different events including concerts, céilídh, pub sessions, singing sessions, workshops and on-street performances. Speaking at this week’s meeting of Ennis Town Council, town clerk, Leonard Cleary described the Fleadh Nua as presenting, “An annual opportunity to showcase Ennis as the home of traditional Irish music and the wealth of traditional Irish culture in County Clare. This is one of the many strong aspects of the Ennis tourism brand.” The Fleadh Nua is organised on a voluntary basis by Comhaltas with support from Ennis Town Council, Clare County Council’s Arts Office and the business community. Mr Cleary outlined that Ennis Town Council met with Comhaltas organisers recently in order to address health and safety procedures for event management and also to encourage the marketing of the festival. He told councillors that the local authority would be proposing pilot pedestrianisation and that Comhaltas is expected to propose an outdoor event at Abbey Street Car Park, which would combine the previous years ‘gig rig’ and market céilí. Speaking about the local authority’s meeting with Comhaltas, Mr Cleary stated, “In addition to the various concerts, sessions, workshops and céilídh, the request of the elected members of Ennis Town Council that particular emphasis be placed on street busking and on-street entertainment was conveyed to the Fleadh Nua committee.” He added, “Ennis Town Council will be proposing to consult with the public in relation to combining a pilot period of pedestrianisation in selected areas with the Fleadh Nua’s final weekend. This will assist the event management plan and health and safety considerations. Pedestrianisation during festivals such as Fleadh Nua and indeed generally, is designed to enhance the visitor and customer

experience of Ennis. The overall aim is to present Ennis in the best possible light to customers in order to maximise business benefits to the economy of Ennis.” According to Mr Cleary, “It is important that the success of the Fleadh Nua will be built upon in the future. Specifically, Ennis Town Council has expressed its high expectations that Comhaltas will lead the goal of achieving the All Ireland Fleadh for Ennis for 2014 onwards for up to three years. Ennis Town Council looks forward to working in partnership with Comhaltas and the business community for this collective aim of the people of Ennis.” It was agreed by the councillors that the Fleadh Nua be granted €5,000. Councillor Peter Considine commented that the success of the Fleadh could pave the way for the All Ireland Fleadh to come to Ennis. The Fleadh has taken place in Ennis since 1974, attracting visitors from all over Ireland and the world. In a letter to the local authority, Mícheál Ó Riabhaigh, cathaoirleach of Clare Comhaltas, outlined some of the planned events for this year’s Fleadh Nua. Comhaltas is currently working on a plan to stage a large exhibition of photos on the theme of traditional music, with the shop windows of Ennis acting as a gallery. There will be three high-quality concerts in Glór, as well as a number of CD launches, workshops and other events. “More than half of the Fleadh’s events are free of charge and we place great importance on on-street events,” he stated. “Unlike other Fleadhanna Ceoil, the emphasis of Fleadh Nua is on participation and performance, not competition. Many of our visitors come to participate and we encourage and facilitate this. Our programme caters for and encourages musicians whose playing might not be up to ‘pub session’ standard but who wish to participate.” He went on, “Next year offers a great opportunity to develop the festival significantly. We all remember the 1970s and 1980s and the huge number of people attending Fleadh Nua. “A festival of that size brings its own logistical challenges, particularly in the accommodation of such a large number of visitors. We look forward to outlining our plans and working with the council to develop Fleadh Nua as a major cultural event that will enhance the image of Ennis as the home of traditional music.”

Welfare cut call over feuding THE chairman of Ennis’ Joint Policing Committee has described the group as a “talking shop” as he called for anybody involved in feuding in Ennis to have their social welfare and social housing entitlements cut. At this week’s meeting of Ennis Town Council, Councillor Paul O’Shea raised concerns about “escalating violent incidents” in the town and he called for an informed debate to be held among gardaí, education providers, parents, elected representatives and community groups. “We must act to ensure that an end is found to this mindless savagery before serious injury or death occurs,” he stated. At the meeting, it was suggested that the matter could be brought before the Joint Policing Committee. However, Councillor O’Shea did not accept this. “The JPC can be a talking shop, this matter is certainly not for a JPC; this needs a high-profile and aggressive proactive response.” He added, “We have an ever-increasing threat in this town and we need to face up to it.” He was supported by Councillor Johnny Flynn, who criticised the “lack of respect being demonstrated by a group of attention-

seeking untouchables. I think Ennis needs to stand up to this. People are living in fear because of a group of people”. He added that they are “exhibiting wealth they cannot account for”. Councillor Frankie Neylon stated that those involved in feuding should be “hit in the pocket” and their social welfare stopped, saying individuals involved in feuding are driving new cars and wearing designer clothes. He argued that this is not just a problem in Ennis but that similar issues exist throughout the country and he cautioned against an Ennis-centred debate. “This is not just a problem for Ennis Town Council. Recently a man and his family in Limerick had to leave their homes because of what’s happening. We need to go to the top, to Alan Shatter and Enda Kenny and ask them to have a national conference on the problems in this country and not just Ennis.” He criticised Councillor O’Shea’s description of the JPC, saying that other interested parties could be invited to a meeting of the committee to discuss the issue fully. It was also decided to request that the Minister for Justice attend the meeting.


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■ At the launch of BBnet’s FibreAir service were John gage, Dell; Mark Scanlan, SourceDogg; Barry O’Halloran, MD BBnet and Brian O’Neill, Rowantree Cafe and Ennis Chamber president. Photograph by John Kelly

High-speed internet service launched A NEW high-speed dedicated internet service for the town has been launched by Ennis Chamber member BBnet Broadband. The service from BBnet as a leading Mid-West wireless broadband provider, is FibreAir and will mean that businesses in Ennis can connect to a cost-effective, uncontended, fully synchronous, internet service from 10Mb up to 100Mb. The FibreAir service has been running very successfully in Shannon since late last year and BBnet have already secured clients in Ennis for their new service. Business owners and IT professionals from many businesses in and around Ennis attended the official launch of BBnet’s FibreAir service on Friday in the Temple Gate Hotel, O’Connell Square, Ennis. Opening the launch, Ennis Chamber president, Brian O’Neill said, “Ennis Chamber is delighted to welcome BBnet as a new member and we are very interested in the new service available in the town, which we are sure will be of interest to many businesses.” Speaking at the launch, BBnet managing director Barry O’Halloran said, “We are delighted to launch our service in Ennis, which fills a critical broadband infrastructure gap. Following on from the significant uptake of this service in Shannon, we have invested in expanding our FibreAir coverage to also

include Ennis. Businesses now need a super fast, reliable and low-latency service to take full advantage of emerging cloud-based solutions and technologies. Our FibreAir service makes all of this possible for businesses in Ennis.” In addition to launching the service, BBnet presented two speakers. John Page of DELL Computers presented some interesting case studies on the applications of cloud computing to show to businesses the extent and range of services where it could influence their businesses. Mark Scanlon, CEO of in Galway then presented an informative presentation on how his company has developed a new business in the area of procurement, which can apply to any business to save money and which is based entirely in the cloud. BBnet recognises that many businesses in Ennis require a quality internet connection that offers greater upload speed at an affordable price. Backhauled onto its existing Tier1 Fibre network at Westpark Business Campus in Shannon, the FibreAir service offers businesses secure internet connections with scalable bandwidths from 10Mb up to 100Mb, a dedicated service to each customer with no sharing of bandwidths and a fully synchronous service with the same upload and download.

The Speech Centre, Ennis Family Medical Centre, Gort Road, Ennis. 0851681158 The Speech Centre, child and adult Speech and Language Therapy service, wishes to thank all of the primary school pupils throughout County Clare who entered our Easter Colouring Competition. The winners were: Chelsea Ndungih Junior Infants Ballyea National School

Many thanks to all of the local businesses who generously contributed vouchers and prizes for the competition: • Moher Hill Farm • Dennis’s Den Funworld • Barney’s Kidz Club • The Ennis Bookshop

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Friday, April 6, 2012



The Cian edge

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We need to talk about Denis THERE is disquiet within the coalition about a photograph of Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the New York Stock Exchange in recent weeks that also features Denis O’Brien. It is, of course, understandable that Fianna Fáil was quick to pounce on the opportunity and roundly criticise the Taoiseach but internal criticism is far more interesting. The Taoiseach pointed out that he had no control over the guest list at the event in New York and that he just accepts invitations and attends events in his capacity as the head of the Irish Government. One event where he does have more control is the Global Economic Forum but he has refused to say whether Mr O’Brien will be attending that event with an invite or not. One of his ministers, in the form of Lucinda Creighton, has stated baldly, as is her wont, that the businessman should not be invited to the event. Her cabinet colleague Dr James Reilly has stated that Denis O’Brien’s invite is a matter for the Taoiseach and the Táiniste to decide on. When he was asked on RTÉ radio if he accepted the findings of the Moriarty Tribunal he said, “I accept the tribunal’s findings, but aren’t people entitled to due process?” Of course everybody is entitled to due process and no one is demanding that anybody be denied it but the response of Dr Reilly and Mr Kenny begs the question why do Fine Gael wish to avoid offending Denis O’Brien? The Irish Times again reported this week that, “The Moriarty Tribunal, in its final report, found that Mr O’Brien, whose company was the successful bidder for the second mobile phone license, had made payments of some £447,000 sterling to then minister for communications Mr Lowry.” Mr O’Brien has dismissed the findings and there the matter rests for now. Given the nature of politics and political life, why would the Taoiseach and his government not wish to completely distance themselves from anyone with a finding such as this one in their recent past. Whether or not they deny it, the finding is in the public domain along with all the negative implications. Usually, anything even vaguely negative will lead politicians to distance themselves from the person who is the subject of the negativity but, in this case, the Taoiseach seems to be standing firm. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Denis O’Brien is a media mogul. Minister Michael Noonan was quoted this week saying, “I think it’s an open secret that there’s competition between Denis O’Brien and his supporters in Independent Newspapers and the O’Reilly group and their supporters.” Of course it is an open secret and has been for some time. Last June The Guardian published an article with the headline “Independent News & Media in turmoil as O’Reilly and O’Brien continue row”. It detailed the ongoing struggle for the heart of Independent News & Media and indicated that the battle was becoming increasingly vitriolic. The article makes for very interesting reading and gives a broad recap on the struggle so far. Reading it leaves you with the impression that it is vastly preferable to be on the right side of Denis O’Brien than the wrong. I imagine the Taoiseach is more than aware of this feeling and, as a result, is terrified of upsetting the media mogul. In Britain at the moment, David Cameron and his Tory party are on the receiving end of a massive kicking from The Sunday Times. It began a few weeks ago with the recorded aide bragging about access to the Prime Minister being for sale if the right “donation” were to be made to the party and continued last week with fresh allegations. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to join the dots with regard to the campaign. The Sunday Times is owned by one Rupert Murdoch, who is having a torrid time at the government-established Leveson Inquiry. It seems like something of an incredible coincidence that the Times has gone from fawning support for the Tories to successive weeks of attack as soon as the media mogul comes under pressure from the state over illegal activities at certain titles. There is a lesson in this for all politicians, be careful when dealing with media magnates. Deploy the kid gloves and don’t bruise egos because, despite declining circulations and influence, a sustained media campaign can be potentially devastating, both personally and politically. A spokesperson for O’Brien told The Irish Times this week that, “Denis O’Brien was the subject of 15 articles in The Sunday Independent on Sunday – that speaks for itself. This is unprecedented in the history of journalism in Ireland.” Fifteen articles in one edition of a newspaper is an incredible number and shows that when a publication’s owners wish to shine a light on somebody, for whatever reason, they can do it essentially with impunity. This raises serious questions for the rest of us because it reveals a nasty truth at the heart of media ownership. The general public buy or read a newspaper to get what they hope will be facts and information about the world but because of undue influence, they must now look beyond the words on the page to the boardroom where the power lies. Britain’s Leveson Inquiry is lifting the lid on some pretty despicable truths with regard to the relationship between certain newspapers, owners, politicians and police at the moment. Politicians have always tried to curry favour with the media but there comes a point when a line is crossed and the relationship becomes inappropriate. The real lesson that should have been learned a very long time ago is that the concentration of too much media power in the hands of one person or group is a desperately dangerous thing for both democracy and free speech. At the time of writing, Jan O’Sullivan was the latest member of the Government to speak out and say she will not be putting Mr O’Brien on any invite list over which she has control. We must await the Taoiseach’s decision regarding his position but when it comes, it will be very interesting indeed.

“There is a lesson in this for all politicians, be careful when dealing with media magnates. Deploy the kid gloves and don’t bruise egos because, despite declining circulations and influence, a sustained media campaign can be potentially devastating.”


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■ Danny Chaplin pulls a pint in his new pub.

A new ball game for Danny This weekend he launches a new venture in Broadford when together with Therese and their family, Stephen, Craig, Cathal, Darren and Nicola, they take over the running of Danny’s Bar. In fact the bar re-opened last Friday with Danny in charge and on this Sunday they will host a family day. “It’s Easter Sunday so there will be an Easter egg hunt and face painting and plenty of music,” the new proprietor said this week. Clare hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald, a former Sixmilebridge team mate and a close friend, will attend on Sunday evening at 6pm along with Clare hurling team captain Pat Donnellan from neighbouring O’Callaghan’s

DANNY Chaplin’s name is wellknown throughout Clare hurling circles. Having played and won championships at all levels with his native Sixmilebridge, he went on to play at all levels with Clare and won Munster minor hurling honours in 1981. He has served as a selector at various levels with the county and was a member of Gerard O’Loughlin’s Clare senior management team in 2010 and 2011. Married to Therese Marsh from Broadford he has been living in Broadford for 27 years. There he threw in his lot with the club and served as the adult team manager for six years, leading the club to senior status.

Mills. A staunch Clare GAA supporter Danny will be hoping that the Clare senior hurlers - his son Cathal is a member of the panel - will be crowned Division 1B League champions on Saturday, which will allow Fitzgerald and Donnellan to bring the trophy with them when they visit the bar on Sunday. At a time when many pubs around the country are closing down, Chaplin says that going into the pub business has provided him with “an opportunity to keep the lads around rather than having them emigrate”. He promised this week that he will be holding special promotions to coincide with major sporting occasions.

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JOE MOLONEY Easter Sunday Night:

Music by JOE


RAMBLER’S REST - Inagh Easter Sunday: 1.30pm: Heineken


Munster v Ulster 6.30pm:

Music with


DALY’S BAR COROFIN Saturday, April 7th:

INTRINSIC (Ex Pat & Laurence) Fundraiser for Tidy Towns & Straw-boys Sunday, April 8th:


OLLIE & TOM Sunday Night:


9-Late Monday, April 9th:

The County Grill The County Grill


New Seasons Menu Set to Tempt the Taste Buds at the County Grill West County Hotel Taste buds look set to be tempted with the launch of the new season’s menu at the County Grill in the West County Hotel. A firm favourite with locals and visitors alike the new menu at the County Grill has introduced exciting new dishes to the menu using fresh produce sourced where possible from local suppliers.

Sure to be a winner is the Awesome April Offering from 5-7pm daily which serves up a delicious

4 Course Meal for just (Supplement €5 for Steaks)

`15.00 per person

This value pricing in conjunction with the continued `5 lunch promotion will enhance the West County Hotel’s reputation as a quality hotel with the emphasis on serving the customer with good value meals and deals.

Menu Starter

At the launch of the new season menu at the County Grill restaurant in The West County Hotel, Ennis were, from left; Ray Foudy, Food Services manager, Head Chef Ger Glennon, John Gavin senior assistant manager, Ann Lynch, manager Grill Room restaurant and Brian Harrington, Executive General Manager West County.

Main Dishes

• HOMEMADE Soup of the Day `3.95 • Classic Caesar Salad `5.50 (add Chicken `6.95)

• Roasted Spatchcock Chicken `14.50 Served with chipolatas, crisp bacon and roasting juices.

• Grilled Pork Cutlet `11.95

Crispy bacon, parmesan shavings, croutons, Caesar dressing.

• Smoked Mackerel paté with Irish Whiskey `5.50

Served with black pudding, caramelized apples and roast gravy

Warm Potato and spring onion salad toasted brown bread.

• Roast rump of tender Burren Lamb `16.95

• Galia Melon and Parma Ham `5.25 Galia melon served with wafers of parma ham and balsamic reduction. • King Prawn Cocktail €6.95 Freshly prepared Marie Rose sauce, lemon, brown bread and butter.

• Grilled Goats Cheese `5.75

With colcannon potato, roasted root vegetables and a thyme jus

• Homemade Lasagne Served with house salad `11.50 • King Prawn and Oriental Vegetable stir fry `12.95 Served on a sizzling platter with rice

• Creamy Chicken Korma `12.50

Beetroot, walnut and honey dressed salad.

• Freshly Prepared West Coast of Ireland Seafood Chowder `6.50 Smoked Haddock, Cod, prawns, Mussels and Salmon, served with our homemade brown soda bread


Served with Nan bread and fragrant rice ALL THE ABOVE SERVED WITH MARKET VEGETABLES

• Butternut Squash & Wild Mushroom Risotto `12.50 SIDE DISHES: Buttered new potatoes, Mash, FRENCH fries, glazed carrots, Buttered broccoli, sautéed onions, roasted vegetables, sautéed mushrooms ALL AT €2.95

• Breaded Fillet of Cod `15.50 Garlic & Herb butter & lemon. • Grilled Salmon Steak `14.50 • Pan fried fillet of Sea Bass `15.50

Desert Menu

Choice of sauces: Hollandaise, Grain Mustard Velouté, Provençal Salsa ALL FISH SERVED WITH VEGETABLES AND POTATOES

Finest Quality Irish Beef

• 10oz Sirloin Steak `17.50 • 8oz Fillet Steak `18.95 • Medallions of Beef `18.95(Fillet)

Choice of sauces: Béarnaise sauce, Peppercorn cream sauce, Garlic and Herb Butter ALL STEAKS SERVED WITH GRILLED TOMATO, MUSHROOMS, ONION RINGS AND FRIES

• Half pound Homemade County GRILL BEEF Burger `12.50 Melted mature irish cheddar cheese, bacon and onion rings SERVED WITH FRIES

• Homemade Baked County Grill Cheesecake • Sticky Toffee Pudding Caramel sauce, honeycomb ice-cream • Apple Pie Vanilla ice-cream or vanilla cream • Warm Chocolate Pudding Served with vanilla ice-cream • Fresh Fruit Salad Served with raspberry sorbet • Banoffee Mess Crushed meringue sliced banana, caramel sauce and vanilla cream • Selection of ice cream Served in tuille basket, fruit coulis ALL DESSERTS `3.95

Coffee & Tea

• Cafe Latte `2.50 • Americano `2.50 • Cappuccino `2.50 • Irish Breakfast Tea `2.00 • Selection of herbal teas `2.50 • Irish /French/ Calypso coffee `4.95


Enda Aherne & Gerard Glennon West County Hotel Chef

by Cian Ó Síocháin

“The Ideal Party Venue”

Saturday April 7th:

Paul Keating & Gerard Glennon West County Hotel Chef

Jude O’Dwyer

SNOW CAP MUSHROOMS, Located in AHERNE’S MEATS, Local Butchers, suppling TOTAL PRODUCE, Based in Ennis, suppling Tulla, suppling The West County Hotel all Beef to The West County Hotel Fruit & Veg to The West County Hotel

Hugh O’Donnell

Con Woods

TF BAKERY, Based in Newmarket-on-Fergus, Supplier of the finest organic lettuce and herbs suppliers of Artisan Bakery Products to to The West County Hotel The West County Hotel

Friday, April 6, 2012

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Awesome April in our Grill Room

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Saturday 7th April: TOUCHE Sunday 8th April: QUENTIN Monday 9th April: SHAY Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;CALLAGHAN Tuesday 10th April: THE HONEY BADGERS

Easter Special Declan Nerney



Live Music in Poacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub

Country Dancing Club

Mon 9th April, Dancing for Pleasure

Wednesday 11th April:

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Barry Normanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Favourite Films


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Easter Sunday Lunch

Carvery Special Main Courses STILL From â&#x201A;Ź5.00

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Foundation Ministries Easter Concert


The Three Amigos






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This Easter Sunday, April 8th with


FAMILY DAY at 3.30pm

A Weekend of Set Dancing, Social dancing & great live music

Including Easter Egg Hunt, Face Painting, Games, etc. â&#x20AC;˘ Meet Clare Hurling Manager Davy Fitzgerald & Team Captain Pat Donnellan at 6pm â&#x20AC;˘


(with new Proprietor Danny Chaplin)




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Barr an Chaladh

â?&#x2013; Live Music (No CC)..10pm-1am â?&#x2013; After Midnight Session.12am til late

Armada Hotel, Spanish Point, Co. Clare

Tel 065 7079000

FREE MUSIC FREE FOOD When you book that Special Occasion at

Crottyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub

Lady Gregory Hotel

Gort Ph: 091 632333

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Dancing for Pleasure West County Hotel Monday 9th April

CARMEL & CHECKERS 8.30 - 11pm

FISHERMANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HUT - KNOCK Sunday, April 8:

JUST TWO Walshâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

CREE VILLAGE Easter Sunday 8th

TRAD with Tommy Browne Caoimhe Millar & Niamh Casey

PEPPERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ~ FEAKLE Saturday, April 7th:


THE MOST AMAZING LIVE SHOW EVER! Wednesday 11th April - The GlĂłr Theatre, Ennis For bookings telephone 065 6843103

Sunday 15th April 7pm

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The Live Last Waltz Tribute

New Box OfďŹ ce Opening Hours | 10am-4pm from April 1st

glĂłr cafe Open 10am-4pm Daily


GAMBLE Saturday, April 7: DANNY HUNT Sunday, April 8: 6-8.30pm: WILD ROVER Night: HOPWOOD This Thursday:



Any Friday & Saturday Night

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To Frack or not to Frack


â?&#x2013; After Midnight Session.12am til late MONDAY 9TH APRIL

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Re-Launch of DANNYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BAR ~ Broadford

Saturday 7th April 6pm â&#x201A;Ź10/â&#x201A;Ź5 Children



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* All Sports On Big Screen * Music 7 Nights A Week * Food Served Daily * Clare Run and Managed

Inch, Ennis Tel: 065 6839009



The Olde Brogue

Special Easter Sunday Lunch from 12.30 - 3.30pm


Serving Food all day from Easter Sunday Easter Sunday Night at 9.30pm:


Saturday, April 7th:

Music by

JOE CONNORS & Shillelagh

18 Hole Pitch & Putt Now Open

* Sunday Lunch Served *



QUILTY TAVERN Sat. April 7: SEISIĂ&#x161;N Sun. April 8: Watch

the Rugy Live followed by MICHEĂ L SEXTON at 5pm

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WIN! Enter to be in with a chance to win a complimentary Park, Stay, Fly, at The Oak Wood Arms Hotel in Shannon just 5 minutes from the airport.

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P26 The Clare Champion Friday, April 6, 2012

CHAMPIONPROPERTY Contact Champion Properties at or on 065 686 41 50

Spectacular home of ďŹ ve acres Stunning Quay Mills apartments A SPECTACULAR house with ample grounds is whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on offer at Rathkerry, Inch. Approached by a long sweeping tree-lined avenue and set on approximately five acres of quality lands, this home has been professionally designed and finished, with each room having its own unique characters and finishes. This is a home that must be viewed to truly appreciate the vast open plan living accommodation and sumptuous bedrooms. Viewing is highly recommended and strictly by appointment with DNG Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Sullivan Hurley Estate Agents. Price on application.

SITE FOR SALE ½ Acre, ideally located adjacent to all local amenities - Schools, Creche, GAA Grounds, etc. Overlooking Shannon Estuary. 20 mins from Ennis.

Box No. 998 Clare Champion, Barrack St., Ennis, Co. Clare.

THE apartments at Quay Mills are stunningly located overlooking the picturesque marina area in Kilrush and within walking distance of the services and amenities of the town. These apartments have certainly broken the mould in this area as far as design and quality of finish. The units offer a wide range of choice with two and three bedrooms available with different views and aspects. All apartments enjoy spectacular views of the marina

or the Shannon Estuary through either a spacious balcony area or through floor to ceiling windows. No matter what your criteria, Quay Mills will have a property to suit your requirements. Prices range from â&#x201A;Ź75,000 for a two-bed up to â&#x201A;Ź145,000 for the stunning penthouse units. For details contact Pat Considine Auctioneers, Frances Street, Kilrush.



FOR SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION Friday, 27th April 2012 at John Minogues Lounge Bar, Tulla

AT 12 NOON ON THE 11TH MAY 2012.

For the Personal Representatives of Patrick Joseph Hynes

AMV â&#x201A;Ź210,000 ONLY!

This very attractive holding has the beneďŹ t of exceptional location just off the Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Callaghanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mills, Tulla Road. This holding is reputed down through the years for its fattening qualities due to its attractive location. Seldom does a property come on the market convenient to Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Callaghanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mills, Tulla, Bodyke, Ennis and Shannon. Inspection is highly recommended. Map on request. Sols. Richard John Halpin, Kerin Hickman & Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell, 2, Bindon Street, Ennis, Co. Clare. Tel: 065 6828712

M.V. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;HALLORAN AUCTIONEERS Kilkishen and Tulla 061 367163 / 087 4186210

This beautiful 5 bedroom property is set in the scenic location of Derrycallan which is located just off the N18 Galway to Limerick road. The dwelling is built and ďŹ nished to an exceptional standard which includes approx â&#x201A;Ź70,000 worth of additional extras complete in the property. The property has a Building Energy Rating Report of B1; this building energy rating is an indication of the energy performance of this dwelling. This covers energy use for space heating, water heating, ventilation and lighting. The interior is also ďŹ nished off tastefully with neutral

Selling in Ennis? Call us for a

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and Heat recovery system, both of these systems will greatly reduce your annual running costs on your home and also to appreciate the ďŹ nish and the peaceful location of the dwelling.

Twenty Two Dwellinghouses

Colm Farrell MIPAV Colm Farrell Auctioneer & Valuer Ltd Courtney House, Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s St, Gort Co. Galway Tel: 091 - 632688 â&#x20AC;˘ 086 - 2455925 E-Mail: Web:

065 6867866 e: www.sherryďŹ

colours. There are solid oak doors throughout the house. Although the dwelling is mostly ďŹ nished interior it still allows the purchaser to complete to his or her own taste. The dwelling stands proud on a mature site which extends to approx 0.5 acres with landscaped gardens to both front and rear. Gort town is only a short distance being only approx 4 miles away, Gort is a host to all amenities necessary for every day living. We recommend viewing this residence which is completely energy efďŹ cient with solar panels

For Sale by Public Auction on Wednesday 11th of April at 3pm at The Old Ground Hotel, Ennis (unless previously sold) â&#x2014;?

Diarmuid McMahon

The properties are being sold in one lot. Conditions of Sale from:- J. P. Foley & Co., Solicitors, 87 Sandymount Road, Dublin 4 1A Bindon Street, Ennis, Co. Clare

MAIN STREET, MILTOWN MALBAY, CO. CLARE. Tel. 065 7084297 Fax. 065 7079794

FRANCES ST., KILRUSH, CO. CLARE Tel. 065 9051102 Fax. 065 9051099




Superb roadside holding on the Kildysart Road Ideally located two miles from Kilrush town Good quality land suitable for meadowing and grazing Mains water and mains electric fencing system


Full details from Auctioneer




(On the instructions of the registered owner)  Conveniently located just a short distance from Kilrush  Lands are well fenced and sheltered  Part of the property has been reseeded in recent times  Some good quality land most of which is suitable for meadowing

 Excellent location within 2 miles of Miltown Malbay town  Road frontage on a quiet avenue off the main Kilkee-Lahinch Road  Good quality upland holding  Lands are suitable for meadowing and grazing

Full details from Auctioneer

Full details from Auctioneer




Four-bed residence on a 0.5 acre site Currently at 1st fixing stage of construction Can be purchased in current condition or as a finished property Accommodation: Kitchen/Dining Room, Utility, Sitting Room, Sunroom, Bathroom, Shower Room, Four bedrooms, two en-suites

Full details from Auctioneer



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Excellent quality farmland Ideal roadside holding with frontage onto three roads Contains holding yard, cattle crush and shed Serviced with water and ESB Recently reclaimed, reseeded and fenced

Full details from Auctioneer


Tel: 065 68 21 222


Three-bed bungalow within 1km of Miltown Malbay Stunning location between Miltown and Spanish Point Amazing ocean views to the rear Large windows allow for brilliant natural light throughout and views of the ocean  Ideal holiday home in sought after location  Accommodation: Kitchen, Dining Room, Sitting Room, Bathroom and Three bedrooms


Property Investor / 1st Time Buyer Take full advantage of Tax Incentives House for sale in Ennis > 3 bedrooms, all en-suite, plus adjoining self-contained 1 bed apartment. Very good location.

Annual income from both in excess of â&#x201A;Ź10,000.00 Enquiries to 0862457429

Market Square, Kilrush, Co. Clare 065 9080295 Bindon St Ennis Co. Clare 065 6892060


Email: Web:

Cregboy, Doorus,




Available in 3 lots Lot 1 comprises 49 acres of land and includes a recently refurbished 3 bedroom cottage and associated farm buildings. Lot 2 comprises 30 acres of land in one portion Lot 3 comprises 11.59 acres of land in one portion and one undivided third of 59 acres of Commonage These lands are situated in the Townland of Tullig, Cross. The lands come highly recommended to clients wishing to add to their existing holdings. The detached residence has recently been refurbished and has spectacular scenic views.

For further information, contact Aiden Comerford of Munstergroup Property Solicitors: Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Kelly Moylan Solicitors, The Square, Kilrush, Co. Clare.

Compact Farm of good quality Arable Land. With F.P.P. and Farm Building.

AUCTION DETAILS: Friday 20th of April 2012 @ 3pm in The Pier Head Bar / Restaurant, Kinvara, Co. Galway. For Brochures & Further Details Please contact Fitzgerald Auctioneers.

FITZGERALD AUCTIONEERS Sandyfort Business Centre, Bohermore, Galway. Tel: (091) 705555 Fax: (091) 762618 Email: info@ďŹ Web: www.ďŹ

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Clare Champion



Martin is a Munster champion

Éire Óg turn tables on Lissycasey Éire Óg Lissycasey

2-12 1-4

A WEEK after their first meeting which Lissycasey won by six points, Éire Óg turned the tables in the U-16A Football Championship when the sides met at the Ennis club’s ground on Monday evening. Lissycasey were short a few regulars but there was no doubting the Ennis side’s superiority in this tie.

TWELVE-year-old Martin Mongans was crowned Munster 50kg boy 2 Munster boxing champion in Kilmallock recently. A pupil at Ennis National School, Martin boxes out of the Our Lady of Lourdes Club in Limerick. On his way to the title he stopped his opponent in both the semi-final and final. He will box for the national title next week in Dublin. Martin comes from a family that is steeped in boxing. His father, John, is a former Munster champion while his uncles and brothers have also boxed at provincial and national levels.

G.A.A. Fixtures Hurling


Phoenix fighter soars in Shannon YOU would’ve believed a man could fly. If spectators took anything from Shannon Kickboxing Club’s sixth annual show last weekend it was that gravitydefiance wasn’t the realm of just Superman or Neo from the Matrix. In round two of one of the last fights on the card, Ethan ‘The Animal’ Kerin launched a jumping front snap kick into the face of his opponent Danny ‘The Hammer’ Joyce. It was the sort of move you seldom see in the lightweight bouts, let alone at super heavyweight, but bucking the physical trends of his weight class seems to be becoming something of a habit for the Ennis Kickboxing Club pugilist. While the second round was a good one for ‘The Animal’, it hadn’t all been plain sailing for the fighter. Squaring off against Joyce for the second time - the two fought last year at the same venue with Kerin coming out on top in his kickboxing debut - the Ennis man started uncharacteristically slowly, allowing ‘The Hammer’, a skilled boxer with dangerous hands, to ease his way into the first round. Catching a big right to the face seemed to shake some sense into him, however, and the Ennis man responded to the early barrage, pushing the more experi-

enced Shannon Kickboxing Club fighter back with a series of strong punches and heavy kicks to the body. After receiving some strong words from his trainer - two-weight Irish champion Adam Leyden - Kerin emerged into round two every inch the animal of his moniker, peppering Joyce with blows from all angles. It was midway through the round that ‘The Animal’ became a bird of prey, launching his 104kg frame into the air and landing his foot in Joyce’s face, bloodying up his nose. Tough as nails, ‘The Hammer’ hung on till the end the round and fight but the judges were unanimous in giving the decision victory to Kerin. Also in super heavyweight action on the stacked 25-fight card, organised by Howie Vincent, was Ennis Kickboxing Club’s ‘Big’ John Kerin. Stepping into the ring halfway through the night, the atmosphere in the Oakwood Arms Hotel was electric as the audience prepared for the first of the night’s battles of the big men. Although this was Big John’s third fight, it was the 6 foot 3 inches tall, 110kg fighter’s first since December 2010 as a combination of injuries and lack of opportunities conspired to keep him out of competition.

The Ennis fighter took on Kerry kickboxer, Patrick Garriahey, over two rounds. Roughly the same weight but several inches shorter than Kerin, Garriahey, from Mike Allen’s gym in Tralee, is a heavy hitting bear of a man. The first round started cagily enough, with both fighters trying to suss one another out. Big John used his long jab to feel out the distance while the Kingdom fighter did his best to slip the shots, break Kerin’s reach advantage and get in some good shots of his own. The time for tactics was at an end as the bell for round two rang both men came out throwing punches and kicks with brutal intent. Standing toe-to-toe with his opponent, Big John – who recently turned 18 - started to use his reach advantage to land on his shorter opponent, throwing some lovely combinations and mixing his hands up with big kicks. As the round tapered out to its conclusion, there was a definite feeling that the Ennis man had done enough to take the decision but the judges were unable to separate the two behemoths and a majority draw was the outcome. There’s already talk of a rematch being put together for the two with May 19 in Thurles the provisional date and venue.


Friday April 6 Under 21 A Championship Semi-Final Sixmilebridge: Clonlara v Ballyea; 6p.m., R. Hickey U-21 A Championship Second Replay Clarecastle: Kilmaley v Newmarket; 5.30p.m., A. Heagney (Extra time, if necessary) Under 21 B Championship Semi-Finals Newmarket: Crusheen v ClooneyQuin; 4.30p.m., S. McMahon Tulla: St. Josephs v Smith O’Briens; 4.30p.m., G. Hoey Under 21 C Championship Semi-Final Scariff: Feakle-Killanena v Whitegate; 5.30p.m., J. Healy Saturday April 7 Division 3 League Kilnamona: Inagh-Kilnamona Newmarket; 3p.m., G. Lyons


Sunday April 8 Division 1 B Shannon: Wolfe Tones v St. Joseph’s; 12 noon, J. Hickey Division 2 League Crusheen: Crusheen v Sixmilebridge; 1p.m., F. McDonagh Division 3 League Meelick: Meelick v Cratloe; 1p.m., D. Fox Clonlara: Clonlara v Eire Og; 1p.m., J. Hickey Bodyke: Bodyke v Clooney-Quin; 5p.m., F. O’Reilly Monday April 9 Clare Champion Cup, Division 1 A Clooney: Clooney-Quin v Sixmilebridge; 2.30p.m., G. Hoey Clarecastle: Clarecastle v Cratloe; 2.30p.m., R. Hickey Crusheen: Crusheen v Whitegate; 2.30p.m., G. Lyons Clonlara: Clonlara v Tulla; 2.30p.m., J. Healy Kilnamona: Inagh-Kilnamona v Newmarket; 2.30p.m., F. McDonagh Division 1 B Tubber: Tubber v Broadford; 2.30p.m., D. Fox Kilmaley: Kilmaley v Eire Og; 2.30p.m., A. Heagney O’C. Mills: O’C. Mills v Smith O’Briens; 12 noon, F. Gray Ballyea: Ballyea v Feakle; 5p.m., J. Hickey Division 2 Parteen: Parteen v Ogonnelloe; 2.30p.m., F. O’Reilly Scariff: Scariff v Ruan; 5.30p.m., G. Hoey Killanena: Killanena v Ennistymon; 5.30p.m., G. Lyons

Football Friday April 6 Division 1 Eire Og: Eire Og v Kilmurry-Ibrickane; 6p.m., M. Rock Kilrush: Kilrush v Doonbeg; 6p.m., B. Kelly Miltown: Miltown St. Josephs v Sh. Gaels; 6p.m., J. Hannon Gurteen: St. Josephs v Ennistymon; 8p.m., G. Keane

■ Tom Foley, competing in Cavan last week, has been selected to compete for Ireland at the European championships

Foley heading for France TOM Foley, Bellisle Stables, Clonlara has been selected for the Irish Pony Team to compete at the European Nations Cup Championships at Fontainbleau, France

next week. Tom was also fifth at the HSI Blue Grass Horse Spring Tour in Cavan last weekend on Johnny Mullins great horse Voila.

In the Pony Spring Tour final held in Mullingar last Sunday, Robbie Clancy, Sixmilebridge took sixth place on Aine Cunningham’s pony Parc Rob.

AN APPRECIATION: John Minogue, Miltown Malbay THE parish of Miltown-Malbay was in mourning recently following the untimely death in England of John Minogue. Though he had been ill for some time, his death, at the age of 50, came as a shock to many John was the eldest of five children born to Nancy and Sean Minogue. He grew up in Miltown-Malbay and was educated at the local national school and at St Flannan’s College, Ennis. After leaving school he joined Eircom and later volunteered for contract work in Dublin and in the UK. While working in the UK he took early retirement from Eircom and with three colleagues formed a successful telecommnications company that carried out contract work for British Telecom. John was a very talented footballer and athlete. He played all grades of football for Miltown St Joseph’s and had the distinction of playing in five Clare U21A Championship finals, including two replays, between 1977 and 1981. Indeed, he was only 16 when he played at corner-forward on the successful 1977 team and collected a second U-21 medal the following year. He also played sen-


■ The late John Minogue.

ior championship and Cusack Cup for Miltown. John played minor football for Clare against Kerry in 1979 on the day of ‘the

Miltown massacre’ (when Kerry hammered Clare at senior level). He was also an outstanding athlete, winning many championships and trophies with Kilmurry Ibrickane-North Clare Athletic Club. John also played rugby for the Shannon club in Limerick and was a loyal and much travelled supporter of the Munster rugby team. His contribution to sport during his short lifetime was immense and this was evidenced by the high turnout at his funeral. His coffin was draped in the Miltown GAA and Shannon rugby colours. His family, work colleagues and friends in sport shouldered his remains from Queally’s funeral home to St Joseph’s Church. Members of Miltown GAA together with members of Kilmurry-Ibrickane/North Clare Athletic Club, Shannon Rugby Club and work colleagues lined the street in a guard of honour. A fitting farewell to a talented man To his family in the UK, his parents, sister and brothers, we extend our deepest sympathy. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a ainm dilis. ■ Miltown GAA

Division 2 Cooraclare: Cooraclare v St. Senans; 6p.m., J. Brew Doonaha: O’Currys v Cratloe; 6p.m., M. Talty Division 3 Coolmeen: Coolmeen v Kildysart; 6p.m., S. Ryan Division 4 Lissycasey: Lissycasey v O’C. Mills; 6p.m., B. Keniry Division 6 Lisdoonvarna: St. Breckans v Kilmurry-Ibrickane; 1p.m., Home Ref Division 7 Coolmeen: Coolmeen v Ennistymon; 1.30p.m., Home Ref Moy: Moy v Cooraclare; 6.15p.m., Home Ref Saturday April 7 Division 2 Ballynacally: Clondegad v St. Breckans; 2p.m., J. Hickey Liscannor: Liscannor v Lissycasey; 2p.m., M. Talty Division 3 Kilfenora: Kilfenora v Meelick; 2p.m., M. McGann Quilty: Kilmurry-Ibrickane v Wolfe Tones; 2p.m., B. Kelly Kilmihil: Kilmihil v Corofin; 2p.m., M. Fitzgerald Division 4 Cooraclare: Cooraclare v Naomh Eoin; 2p.m., G. Keane Ballyvaughan: Ballyvaughan v Ml. Cusacks; 2p.m., M. Rock Kilrush: Kilrush v Doonbeg; 2p.m., B. Keniry Division 5 Ennistymon: Ennistymon v Miltown St. Josephs; 2p.m., F. O’Reilly Labasheeda: Kilmihil v Shannon Gaels; 4p.m., S. Ryan Sunday April 8 Division 5 Shannon: Wolfe Tones v St. Senans; 2p.m., J. O’Donnell

Goals from Mark Connolly and Eimhin Courtney gave the town side the upper hand, on an evening when Liam O’Donovan James Woods, Dara Walsh and Conail O hAinifein scored points. Martin Darcy and Jack Keating also impressed. In the same division, the North Clare amalgamation of Kilfenora-Liscannor and Michael Cusack’s were 5-13 to 5-8 winners over Wolfe Tones.

Division 6 Corofin: Corofin v Clondegad; 1p.m., Home Ref Clarecastle: Clarecastle v O’Currys; 1p.m., Home Ref Division 7 Banner: Banner v Kildysart; 1p.m., Home Ref

Iomaint De Ceadaoin 11 u Aibreain Craobh Fe 21 A, Cluiche Leath Ceannais Pairc Chiosog: Cill Mhaille or Cora Chaitlin v Dr. Abh Ui gCearnaigh De Sathairn 14 u Aibreain Corn an Chlair, Roinn 1a Babtha 2 Cratleach: Cratleach v Cluain Aodha-Cuinnche Geata Ban: An Geata Ban v Clar Atha Da Corradh Cora Chaitlin: Cora Chaitlin v An Tulach Dr. Abh Ui gCearnaigh: Dr. Abh Ui gCearnaigh v Cluan Larach Cill na Mona: Eidhneach-Cill na Mona v Croisin Roinn 1 B Cill Da Lua: Mac Gabhain Ui bhriain v An Tobar Gurteen: Naomh Seosamh v Cill Mhaille Ath Leathan: Ath Leathan v Eire Og Fiachoill: An Fiachoill v Muillte Ui Cheallachain Sionna: Wolfe Tones v Baile Aodha Roinn 2 Scairbh: An Scairbh v Pairtin Cora Finne: Cora Finne v Tuath Ui gConnaille Roinn 5 A Cill Mhaille: Cill Mhaille v An Scairbh Baile Aodha: Baile Aodha v Eidhneach-Cill na Mona Croisin: Croisin v An Geata Ban Roinn 5 B Luban Dige: Luban Dige v Eire Og Clar Atha Da Corradh: Clar Atha Da Corradh v Wolfe Tones Roinn 5 C Cluain Aodha: Cluain Aodha-Cuinnche v An mBratach Cill Chisin: Muillte Ui Cheallachain v Cill an Aonaigh De Domhnaigh 15 u Aibreain Roinn 2 Croisin: Croisin v Ruadhan Dr. Abh Ui gCearnaigh: Dr. Abh Ui gCearnaigh v Cill an Aonaigh Roinn 3 Cora Chaitlin: Cora Chaitlin v Miliuc Clar Atha Da Corradh: Clar Atha Da Corradh v Luban Dige Cratleach: Cratleach v EidhneachCill na Mona Eire Og: Eire Og v Cluain AodhaCuinnche Roinn 4 Tulach: An Tulach v An Tobar Cill Mhaille: Cill Mhaille v Ath Leathan Cora Finne: Cora Finne v Mac Gabhain Ui bhriain Cill Chisin: Muillte Ui Cheallachain v Naomh Sheosamh Roinn 5 B Tuath Ui gConnaile: Tuath Ui gConnaile v Pairtin Roinn 5 C Inis Diomain: Inis Diomain v An Fiachoill

Co. Board Meeting The April. Meeting of C.L.G. Coiste Chontae An Chlair will be held on Tuesday 10th April at 8.30p.m. in The West Co. Hotel, Ennis. Agenda includes Minutes, Matters Arising, Correspondence, Re-gradings, Isolated Players, Any other business.

Votes of Sympathy The following Votes of Sympathy were passed at last Co. Board Meeting: To the families of Tom Considine and Timmy Daly. From C.L.G. Miliuch. To the Keating family, West Street, Carrigaholt, on the death of Joseph Keating, former Club Goalkeeper. From Uí Chomraí. To the Wallace family on the death of Jerry Wallace; To the Moloney/Doyle family on the death of Michael Moloney (Jnr); To the Connolly family on the death of Mary Connolly; To the Flanagan family on the death of M.J. Flanagan; To the Doab family on the death of Seán Doab. From C.L.G. Clár Atha Da Corradh. To the Barron family on the death of Mick Barron; To the Guerin family on the death of Timmy Guerin. From C.L.G. Dr.Abh. Ui gCearnaigh. To the Clune family, Mahera on the death of Mattie Clune; To the Callaghan family, Ballykilty on the death of Pat Callaghan. From C.L.G. Cluain Aodha-Cuinche. Pádraig Mac Gearailt, Runaí.

Bord na nÓg Peil All matches to be played on MONDAY April 9th at 6.45 pm (unless otherwise stated) First named team has home advantage Fanny O’Dea’s – Lissycasey Under 16 Division 1 Championship Lissycasey v Ennistymon; B. Keniry Eire Og v Kilfenora/Liscannor/Ml Cusacks; J. Hickey

Other results from Monday’s games: U-16 Division 2: Kilmurry Ibrickane 1-7 Cooraclare 1-3; Miltown 5-11 St Breckan’s 4-10; Doora-Barefield 4-19 Cratloe 0-1; Corofin 4-8 Newmarket 2-0; Clondegad 4-13 Clarecastle 2-8. U-16 Division 3: Clooney-Quin 6-5 Coolmeen-Kildysart 1-8; Banner walkover Kilkee scratch; Naomh Eoin-O’Curry’s 3-13 Shannon Gaels-Killimer 1-7; Doonbeg 4-8 Kilmihil 1-6.

Wolfe Tones Bye 4 top teams to contest Div 1 Championship Semi Finals

Under 14 Special Gurteen: Kilmaley 2 v Doora-Barefield 2; 10.30a.m., Dean O’Loughlin

Cummins – Toyota Car Centre Under 16 Division 2 Championship Group 1 Kilrush v Kilmurry Ibrickane; B. Kelly Cooraclare v St. Breckans; T. Corry Miltown Bye

Under 14 B Ballyea v Scariff-Ogonelloe; 12 noon., Joe O’Donnell

Group 2 Clarecastle v Doora Barefield; F. O’Reilly Cratloe v Corofin; J. Healy Newmarket v Clondegad; G. Callaghan 4 top teams from each group to contest Div 2 Championship Quarter Finals Beaten Quarter Finalist plus 1 team from Group 1, plus 2 teams from Group 2 go to Shield Semi Finals O’Neill & Associates - Under 16 Division 3 Championship Clooney Quin v Kilmihil; D. Fox Kilkee v Coolmeen / Kildysart; G. Sexton Shannon Gaels / Killimer v Banner; S. Coughlan Naomh Eoin / O’Currys v Doonbeg; S. Ryan 4 top teams to contest Div 3 Championship Semi Finals 4 bottom teams to contest Div 3 Shield Semi Finals Please send Results to Runaí (085 1829417) on the evening of game. Failure to do so will result in Fine of €50.00 per game. Niomh Uí Mhadagáin (Runaí) Feile Peil na nÓg an Chláir 2012 sponsored by N18 Autos, Newmarket-on-Fergus Please note Dates, Times and Venues for your Club. Group 1 - Venue - Gurteen Saturday, 14th April 11am Doora Barefield; Ennistymon; Wolfe Tones; St. Breckans; Pitch 1 11am: Doora Barefield v Ennistymon 11.45am: Doora Barefield v Wolfe Tones 12.30pm: Doora Barefield v St. Breckans Pitch 2 11am: Wolfe Tones v St. Breckans 11.45am: Ennistymon v St. Breckans 12.30pm: Ennistymon v Wolfe Tones Group 2 - Venue - Lissycasey Saturday 14th April 11.45am Lissycasey; Eire Óg; Kilmihil; 1) 11.45am: Lissycasey v Eire Og 2) 12.30pm: Kilmihil v Eire Og 3) 1.15pm: Lissycasey v Kilmihil Group 3 - Venue - Cooraclare Saturday 14th April 1.30pm Cooraclare; Miltown; Clondegad 1) 1.30pm: Cooraclare v Miltown 2) 2.15pm: Clondegad v Miltown 3) 3pm: Cooraclare v Clondegad Group 4 Venue - Kilmurry Saturday 14th April 11am Kilmurry Ibrickane; Kilrush; Corofin 1) 11am: Kilmurry Ibrickane v Corofin 2) 11.45am: Kilrush v Corofin 3) 12.30pm: Kilmurry Ibrickane v Kilrush Games 15 minutes each way Top teams from each group progress to Semi Finals April 21st Feile Final - April 28th Please note change to Feile groups. Due to the time frame for Feile 2012, the groups have been adjusted accordingly.

Bord na nÓg Peil Club Audit As part of the Club Forum, Bord na nÓg Peil were asked to carry out a Club Audit. Whilst most clubs have returned their information we are still waiting for some clubs to return the audit. It can be emailed to me at or posted to Ferry Road, Carnacalla, Kilrush. We would like to have this information as soon as possible. ( A copy has been emailed to each club). Please note if you are organising a challenge game within the county you must notify Runaí Bord na nÓg Peil of the time, date and venue. Niomh Uí Mhadagáin Runaí 085 1829417

Bord na nÓg Iomaint Friday April 6 Under 14 A Championship First named team has home advantage Clarecastle v Cratloe; 6.30p..m., Damian Fox Killanena: Feakle-Killanena v InaghKilnamona; 6.30p.m., Neil O’Brien Bodyke: O’C. Mills-Bodyke v Clonlara; 4.45p.m., Fergal Gray Under 14 B Championship Tulla v Corofin-Ruan; 6p.m., Pat Gavin Clooney-Quin v Newmarket-on-Fergus; 6.15p.m., K. Walsh Under 14 C Championship Parteen v Eire Og; 6p.m., Syl Dolan Saturday April 7 Under 14 A Championship Gurteen: Doora-Barefield v Kilmaley 10.30a.m., G. Lyons

Monday April 9 Under 14 A Championship Sixmilebridge v Wolfe Tones; 6p.m., Jim Hickey Under 14 C Championship Bodyke v Whitegate; 6p.m., Ger Hoey O’Callaghans Mills v Crusheen-Tubber; 6p.m., Jack Chaplin Under 14 D Championship Ennistymon v Eire Og 2; 6p.m. Meelick v Smith O’Briens; 6p.m., Rory McGann Under 14 Special Championship Clarecastle 2 v Clonlara 2; 6p.m., Anthony McCarthy Tuesday April 10 Under 14 D Championship Banner: Ruan v Banner; 6.30p.m., Cian O’Brien Thursday/Friday April 12/13 Under 14 A Championship Wolfe Tones v Feakle-Killanena Cratloe v O’C. Mills-Bodyke Inagh-Kilnamona v Doora-Barefield Clonlara v Sixmilebridge Under 14 B Championship Newmarket-on-Fergus v Tulla Corofin-Ruan v Ballyea Scariff-Ogonnelloe v Clooney-Quin Under 14 C Championship Broadford v Parteen Monday April 16 Under 14 D Championship Banner v Ennistymon Under 14 C Championship Crusheen-Tubber v Bodyke Eire Og v O’Callaghans Mills Under 14 D Championship Eire Og 2 v Meelick Smith O’Briens v Ruan Saturday April 14 Under 14 D Special Kilmaley 2 v Clarecastle 2 Clonlara 2 v Doora-Barefield 2 Note: Clubs due to take part in Feile Peil next week are asked to contact the undersigned re their hurling fixture. Sandra Ni Raghnaill, Runaí

Camogie Fixtures Sunday 8th April Irish Daily Star National League Div 1 The Ragg (Thurles): Tipperary v Clare; 3.30p.m., Mike Sheehan Friday 6th April PK Travel Senior League Newmarket: Newmarket-on-Fergus v Kilkishen; 6.00pm Junior League Sixmilebridge: Sixmilebridge Feakle; Time TBC


Sunday 8th April U13 A Championship Kilkishen v Clooney/Quin Clarecastle v Feakle Sixmilebridge v Inagh/Kilnamona U13B Ballyea v Wolfe Tones Truagh/Clonlara v Newmarket-onFergus Kilmaley v Eire Og St Josephs v Scariff/Ogonnelloe U13C Tulla v Whitegate Broadford v Corofin Cratloe v Killanena Home team to text results IMMEDIATELY after game to Marie Louise Kaiser 086 3855346 and Brid MacNamara 086 3978996

Ladies Football Fixtures Friday April 6th Div. 1 League (Round 1 Outstanding Fixture) Miltown: Miltown v Crusheen; 4.30p.m., Linda Russell Div. 3 Round 3 Kilrush: Kilrush v Burren Gaels; 8.30p.m., Ml. Talty Saturday April 7th Div. 1 League, Round 3 Cooraclare: Cooraclare v West Clare Gaels; 8p.m., Sean Ryan Div. 3 League Gurteen: Doora Barefield v Parteen; 6.45p.m. Sunday April 8th Div. 1, Round 3 Moher: Liscannor v Crusheen; 10a.m., Ml. Fitzgerald Div. 3, Round 3 Eire Og: Eire Og v Clarecastle; 11a.m. Monday April 9th Div. 2 , Round 3 Ballynacally: Fergus Rovers v Shannon Gaels; 6p.m., Ciara Harvey

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Club-county crux as league games loom Peter O’Connell WHILE this weekend’s third round of club league fixtures may be postponed, following ongoing consultation between the Clare senior football management team and clubs, Clare manager Micheál McDermott has stated clearly that if the games go ahead, the county management team is not opposed to their players lining out, provided they are injury free. Talks were talking place at the time of going to press in an effort to learn if clubs are agreeable to postponing this weekend’s round of Cusack and Garry Cup fixtures to Tuesday, April 17. McDermott also revealed that Conor Talty (son of Galway All-Ireland winning footballer Brian Talty), Enda Coughlan, Conor Ryan (Cratloe), Seánie Malone (Miltown) and Eamon Malone (Corofin) have been added to the extended Clare

panel with the Munster championship in mind. As for player availability for club league games, a number of players including Alan Clohessy, Michael O’Shea, David Tubridy, Graham Kelly, Martin McMahon, Rory Donnelly, Joe Hayes and Gary Brennan didn’t line out in their respective Cusack and Garry Cup fixtures last weekend, while all clubs have another round of fixtures this Friday or Saturday. “My own personal view, the view of the management and medical professionals, is that if a guy has a knock or he has an injury, he shouldn’t be playing for club or county. “It’s down to player welfare. It would be wrong for anyone to ask a player to play who is injured. That’s the way we’ll be treating it over the next couple of weeks,” McDermott told The Clare

Champion. “Every player was made available to the clubs last weekend to play except the players that were injured. That’s the main reason they weren’t playing, more so than anything else,” he added. Following Waterford’s loss to Carlow last weekend, the Wicklow v Clare match on Sunday week is very likely to decide who will be promoted along with Fermanagh. Clare play Kilkenny at home on Sunday in their penultimate league game, while Wicklow travel to Ruislip, where they will play London. “We’re fully focused on next Sunday and on Sunday week. What happens outside of that is really outside of our control. “Every one of the players has that same focus. Anything that happens outside of that focus, we can’t control. The

only thing that matters to ourselves is Sunday and Sunday week and I don’t want anything to distract from that,” was McDermott’s last word on player availability for club games. As for the newcomers to the panel, McDermott says that all bar Conor Talty will be placed on an intensive monthlong training programme. “Conor Talty is eligible and played most of the match on Sunday against Kildare. “He can play from anywhere into number 14 or 15. He has been training with us all along in the hope that his eligibility would be sorted out,” McDermott said of the Limerick IT student. Kilmurry-Ibrickane’s Enda Coughlan also lined out against Kildare. “He’ll be coming on board for the next month on a training programme. It’ll be reassessed at the end of the month. He

Éire Óg appeal thrown out Sports Editor Seamus Hayes FOLLOWING the failure of all parties to accept the recent report with regard to the promotion of underage GAA in the town of Ennis, Éire Óg brought an appeal to the Munster Council earlier this week. Last year, Clare GAA appointed Sixmilebridge member PJ Fitzpatrick to examine the structures in the town, where Éire Óg, the Banner and the Urban Board (Naomh Fhlannain, An Boithrin, Na Fianna and Dalgais) all operate. He met with representatives of the various units in the town, individually and collectively, before

making the units aware of his recommendations. Some expressed concerns and at least one requested the involvement of the Munster Council, as it was the provincial body that had set up the urban board structure in the first place. Representatives of the provincial organisation also met with the parties before a report was presented a few weeks back. One of the key recommendations in the report allowed both Éire Óg and the Banner to affiliate teams at U-12 level. Currently the position is that neither club has any involvement until players are 13 years. Éire Óg welcomed that proposal but it is understood the Banner and the Urban Board

weren’t happy although neither would comment other that the Urban Board admitting to rejecting the report. A Clare county board source then confirmed “it is back to the status quo”. Disappointed at that outcome, Éire Óg lodged an appeal with the Munster Council, which was due for hearing on Tuesday of this week. However, it never got to the hearing stage as the Ennis club’s appeal, it appears, should have gone to Clare County Board and not to the provincial body. Munster Council secretary Pat Fitzgerald was unavailable for comment on Wednesday afternoon.

won’t be part of our league panel. Then, at the end of the league, it’s going to be a case of reassessing where we are as regards our championship campaign,” the Clare manager explained. Clare will definitely be without Rory Donnelly (hamstring) and Martin McMahon (ankle) for the Kilkenny game on Sunday. “Martin hasn’t trained since the London match and Rory hasn’t trained since he got injured against Leitrim. We won’t really know much more about them until this week at training to see how they’re recovering. “Definitely, we’ll hold anyone carrying an injury in reserve because it’s all coming down to the Wicklow game in two weeks’ time and the final battle for that second place. It’s going to be such an important game, given the effort we’ve put in over the last number of months, that

there’ll be no risks taken next Sunday whatsoever,” McDermott stated. If Waterford hadn’t lost to Carlow last weekend, Clare would have had to ensure that they beat Kilkenny well in Cusack Park. Now though, it looks inevitable Clare will vie with Wicklow for the second promotion berth. Therefore, scoring difference won’t matter. Clare simply have to beat Kilkenny and then ready themselves for a showdown with Wicklow in Aughrim on April 15. “It’s highly unlikely, unless an unusual set of results come in over the next two weeks, that scoring difference is going to count. Against Kilkenny, we have to go out and treat them exactly the same way as every other game and go out and try and win it,” McDermott concluded. Clare v Kilkenny will throw in at 2.30pm in Cusack Park on Sunday.

Munster minor shield title for Clare Clare 3-9 Limerick 2-9 CLARE were crowned Munster Minor A Shield champions at Newmarket on Wednesday evening when they accounted for Limerick in a well-contested final. Clare’s goals were scored by Kate O’Gorman, Vera Loughnane and Sinéad Tuohy, later presented with the player of the match trophy on an evening when Clare led by a point at half time, 1-6 to 1-5. After the game, Clare treasurer Michael Maher presented the Anne Maher Memorial Shield, in memory of his late wife, to Clare captain Louise Griffin.

Tubber reach U-21 C final Tubber 0-14 Ruan 0-6 LORCAN O’Grady and Paddy O’Connor contributed 0-11 as Tubber accounted for Ruan

in the semi-final of the U-21C Hurling Championship at Corofin on Wednesday evening. The writing was on the wall for Ruan at halftime, when they led by just two, 0-5 to 0-3, after playing with the aid of the breeze. A physically stronger Tubber side held the upperhand in the second half and O’Grady converted a number of frees to edge them into the lead. Tubber: Dylan Molloy; Barry Monaghan, Paul Fogarty; Adrian Nilan, Patrick O’Connor, Sean Naug hton; Lorcan O’Grady (0-6f), Francis McCormack (0-1); Evan O’Donoghue, Ronan Taaffe (0-2) Aidan Forde; Kevin Fawl, Paddy O’Connor (0-5). Ruan: Colin Burke; Adrian Corry, Damian McDonnell; Danny Lynch, Killlian Ryan (02), Anthony Keegan; John Hurley, Robbie O’Loughlin (0-1); Sean Cullinan, Eoin Hanrahan, Shane Ryan; Adrian Talty (0-2) Brendan Lyons (0-1). Sub: Kieran O’Leary for Cullinan.


Successful year for Ardnacrusha Badminton Club

■ Brian O’Connell has recently returned from Australia.

O’Connell returns to Clare training Sports Editor Seamus Hayes FORMER Clare hurling captain Brian O’Connell trained with the Clare hurlers on Tuesday night but stressed that “it is on a trial basis and we will see how things go over the coming weeks. I will be trying to get my hurling up to speed”. At the end of 2010, the Wolfe Tones man emigrated to Australia, where he spent the past year. “I was involved with a club in Melbourne but I broke my hand at the beginning of last year and didn’t’ get much hurling,” he told The Clare Champion. O’Connell, who is hoping to get employment next week, played a recent challenge with a Clare selection against Galway. “I have been training with the club and am look-

Coolmeen victory Coolmeen 1-16 The Banner 1-3 THE Banner encountered Coolmeen in the second round of the Division 7 football league last Sunday. Refereed by Martin Kennedy, the match was played at the Banner GAA field in sunny conditions. In what was a free-flowing, entertaining game of football, The Banner management had the chance to give a number of players a run-out due to the absence of some first-team players. The first half of the match was dominated by Coolmeen as they repeatedly capitalised on weak defending by The Banner. This weak defensive

ARDNACRUSHA Juvenile Badminton Club has just concluded a busy and successful season. The club met in Ardnacrusha sports hall every Friday from 5.30 to 8pm, providing coaching for young people from the age of nine and encouraging their members to enter club, county and provincial competitions. A badminton camp will be held later this year. Ardnacrusha members were successful in various competitions during the season. The club trained four transition year club players as assistant coaches this year. They are Micheal O’Loughlin, Rósín Rynne, Conor Galvin and Paul McNamara while the adult coaches were Paul Barry, Dolores Walsh, Peter McNamara, Jim Cullen, Eamon Finn and Kerrie Barry. The following club players were successful in county championships. U-11 Division 1 Girls’ doubles runner-up, Sarah Fahy, joined up with Saoirse Flynn (Miltown Malbay). Girls’ plate winner, Sarah Fahy. U-11 Division 2 Girls’ singles winner, Leah Hawes. Boys’ singles runner-up, Mick Stritch. Girls’ doubles runner-up, Leah Hawes joined up with Molly Fennessy (An Droichead). Boys’ doubles runner-up, Aaron Conlon and

Mick Stritch. Mixed doubles winner ,Leah Hawes and Mick Stritch. Mixed doubles runner-up, Aaron Conlon joined up with Alice Gleeson (An Droichead). U-13 Division 1 Girls’ singles runner-up, Alex Troy Girls’ doubles winners, Áine O’Loughlin and Alex Troy. Mixed doubles runner-up, Alex Troy and Brian McNamara. Boys’ plate winner, Brian McNamara. U13 Division 2 Girls’ doubles runner-up, Niamh Powell and Róisín Powell. U-15 Division 1 Girls’ doubles runner-up, Nicole Shanahan and Siobhán O’Connell (Broadford). Girls’ Plate winner, Nicole Shanahan. U-15 Division 2 Girls’ doubles winners, Sinéad Hogg joined up with Kealy Power (Killaloe) Mixed doubles winners, Sinéad Hogg and Cathal O’Connell. U-17 Division 1 Boys’ singles winner, Michael O’Louglin.

Boys’ doubles winner, Michael O’Loughlin and Paul McNamara. Mixed doubles winner, Michael O’Loughlin and Róisín Rynne. Boys’ plate winner, Cian Fitzgerald Bradley. U-17 Division 2 Boys’ singles winner, Paul McNamara Boys’ singles runner-up, Eoin O’Meara In the Munster championships held at UL during February and March, the following club players were successful. U-11 Division 1: girls’ singles winner, Alexandra Troy. U-11 Division 2 boys’ singles winner, Aaron Conlon. U-13 girls’ singles plate winner, Áine O’Loughlin. U-15 Division 2 girls’ singles winner, Nicole Shanahan. U-15 Division 2 girls’ doubles runner-up, Nicole Shanahan and Sinéad Hogg. U-17 Division 2 boys’ singles winner, Cian Fitzgerald Bradley. U-17 boys’ Division 2 boys’ doubles winners, Cian Fitzgerald Bradley and Eoin O’Meara. U-17 boys’ singles plate runner-up, Eoin O’Meara.

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ing forward to the year ahead with them,” he said. He admitted to missing the hurling while he was away. “I certainly missed being involved. In Melbourne, we only got to see the championship games on TV. Yes, I missed the banter and being involved.” The Shannon man said he was impressed with how the lads are going. “They are clearly a good bunch who are really keen to do well. With the final coming up on Saturday, the are all focussed on the task at hand.” O’Connell too has a focus on Saturday’s game but it will be from the stand as he will not be part of the league panel. “As I said, I have returned to training and we will be monitoring how things will go over the coming weeks,” he concluded.

play led to Coolmeen being able to create a large amount of scoring chances, which gave them a comfortable lead of 012 to 0-01 at half-time. Coolmeen continued to dominate proceedings in the second half, with The Banner unable to cope with the intense pressure that was exerted by the visitors. This constant pressure led to a final score line of 1-16 to 1-03 in favour of Coolmeen.

Funding meeting CLARE Sports Partnership will hold an information workshop for those wishing to apply for sports funding on April 11 at 6.30pm at Unit One, Westgate Business Park, Kilrush Road, Ennis.

The Clare U-17 team won the Munster inter-county championship back in November and the team included three club players, Róisín Rynne, Micheal O’Loughlin and Colin Crehan. The Clare U-13 and U-15 teams were runners-up in their competition and club players on these teams were Áine O’Loughlin, U-13, Michelle Powell and Padraic O’Loughlin, U15. The Clare U-11 team won this event with Sarah Fahy being the only club player on the panel. In the Munster inter-county round two championships held in UL last week, the U13, U-15 and U-17 teams lost out. The U-13 panel included Áine O’Loughlin, Alexandra Troy, Brian McNamara and Tom Power; the U-15s included Michelle Powell while the U-17 panel included Cian Fitzgerald Bradley, Róisín Rynne, Michael O’Loughlin, Colin Crehan, Aisling O’Brien, Jennifer Small, Eoin O’Meara. Club players representing Clonlara in Clare Community Games are Padraic O’Loughlin, Kieran Galvin, David Fitzgerald, Brian McNamara, Michelle Powell, Áine O’Loughlin, Niamh and Róisín Powell.

A NEW Clare hurling supporters’ club was launched this week and over the coming weeks will promote a number of events to raise funds for the senior team training fund. Those who sign-up as club members will be able to purchase tickets for championship games involving Clare and receive regular updates via text message from the team management, including news on team selections. Former Bord na nÓg hurl-

ing secretary Michael O’Neill, whose son Shane helped Na Piarsaigh win the Limerick and Munster senior club title last year, is the club chairman. The joint secretaries are Helen Fitzgerald and Olive O’Loughlin while the joint treasurers are PJ Kelly, former board treasurer and Ennis publican Gerry Kelly. A golf classic will take place in Shannon on Thursday and Friday, May 3 and 4, for teams of four.

■ Players Seadna Morey, John Conlon, Pat Donnellan and Nicky O’Connell with, at rear, PJ Kelly, Helen Fitzgerald, Gerry Kelly, Mick O’Neill and team manager Davy Fitzgerald at the launch of the Clare Senior Hurlers Supporters Fundraising Club. Photograph by John Kelly

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GOLF Kilrush winners THE winner of Sunday’s singles at Kilrush was Brian Scanlan with 44 points from Michael Coghlan on 43 and Gay Looney on 42. In the men’s seniors competition, the winners were John Robinson, TJ Lyons and John Stapleton, followed by Murt Collins, Aengas O’Connor and Seán Moran, with third spot filled by Tom Prendiville, Kieran Lillis and Peter Glynn There will be a singles Stableford competition this weekend, as well as a scramble on Friday (draw at 4pm) and Monday (draw at 2.30pm)

Cranny-Coolmeen CRANNY-Coolmeen Society had their first

outing for 2012 to Portumna on Saturday last, when the format was a team of three. The winners were Pat Shannon, Micheál Donnelly and James Clancy from Gerry Bredin, John Cusack and John McKiernan with third spot filled by Gerry McMahon, Des Murphy and Mary McNamara. The society’s next event is a weekend away to Newlands and City West in Dublin on April 20.

Shannon Ladies SHANNON Ladies held a fourball competition on Sunday and Tuesday of this week when the winners were Deirdre Hennessy (22) and Eileen Quinn (26) with 41 points from Rose Doyle (12) and Lis O’sullivan (15) with a similar score.

LAST Saturday, the Banner GAA Club (team pictured) competed in the inaugural seven-a-side tournament hosted by the Ard-Fheis at the Lees Road Sports Facility in Ennis. The event was organised by Conradh na Gaeilge and was unique, as it required that all of the day’s proceedings be carried out through Irish. The Banner fielded a team of Irish speakers, with a lot of the minor team playing an impressive role. Éire Óg GAA Club were the overall winners.

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Clare link to Titanic disaster For the past century, people all over the world have been captivated by the story of the Titanic, the ship they thought was unsinkable. As the 100th year anniversary of the disaster approaches, Jessica Quinn spoke to John Bradley of the Irish Titanic Historical Society about how the disaster touched so many people, including three passengers from Clare MORE than 1,500 people, including Clare men Martin McMahon and Daniel Keane, were lost when the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank on April 15, 1912 in the north Atlantic Ocean on her maiden voyage to New York, making it one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. John Bradley from Ennis joined the Irish Titanic Historical Society a number of years ago as he, along with countless others worldwide, was fascinated by the tragic sinking of the massive ship. “It’s a fascinating story and such an intriguing one. So much has been written about it over the years. There are 130 books written on the Titanic. A fantastic book is Senan Molony’s The Irish Aboard Titanic, which details all of the Irish passengers. There were 17 films made about the disaster, which shows the interest that is out there. It’s a wonderful story but a tragic story. There are so many stories within a story,” he said. The Titanic carried 2,228 people, of all ages and from all sectors of society. Just 712 of those were saved. The ship was designed by County Down man Thomas Andrews, who went down with the ship. Construction of the massive vessel started in March 1909 and it was successfully launched at Belfast’s famous Harland & Wolff shipyard with 100,000 people in attendance. The ship was 882 feet long and weighed a gross 45,000 ton, taking two hours and 40 minutes to sink after hitting the iceberg. Research shows that 110 Irish lost their lives on the Titanic, while 54 survived. Outlining the impressive scale of the ship, John explained that of the 15,000 people working in the shipyard, 3,000 worked specifically on Titanic. “It was the biggest floating object at the time,” he said. Titanic was built to cross the North Atlantic from Southampton to New York and she made two stops en route. The first was at the French port of Cherbourg, where many American passengers boarded to return home from Europe. Queenstown, as Cobh was then known, was the last port of call on the tragic maiden voyage of the great ship. On April 11, Titanic lifted its anchor at Cork harbour after eight people disembarked and 123 third class, or steerage, passengers boarded the vessel for their journey to the new world. Only 44 of those passengers were saved. Three passengers who boarded in Cobh were 20year-old Martin McMahon from Cragbrien, Ennis and 18-yearold Mary Agatha Glynn from Slievenore, Killaloe. Mary was a third-class passenger on the ship and was heading to a new life in Washington DC, where she was due to meet her cousin Mary Courtenay. She was among the lucky ones and was rescued after the vessel struck the iceberg. On her safe arrival in New York, she was helped by the American Red Cross and the Immigrant Aid Society. After

■ (Top) John Bradley of the Irish Titanic Historical Society at his home on the Lahinch Road in Ennis. Photograph by Declan Monaghan ■ (Above left) The Great Gantry at Queen’s Island, Belfast. ■ (Above right) The starboard stern view of the completed Titanic in Belfast lough with tugs on April 2, 1912. Photographs © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

spending time in hospital, she carried on to Washington, where she went on to marry Patrick O’Donoghue and have children. She died

in Florida on February 26, 1955 aged 61. Sadly, Martin McMahon, another third-class passenger, was not so fortunate as he

was lost when the ship sank. “He was originally booked onto another ship but that service was withdrawn, tragically for him,” said John.

According to a report in The Clare Journal from April 29, 1912, “A telegram received in Ennis during the week confirmed the worst

fears that had been entertained as to the safety of a young man named Martin McMahon, from the Cragbrien district, about five miles

A Night To Remember for Mary Jessica Quinn

THERE aren’t too many people today who can say they survived the Titanic but Ennis’ Mary Poirier managed to make it all the way from the depths of steerage to the lifeboats, albeit on the silver screen. Mary starred in the film A Night to Remember in 1958, recounting the final night of the RMS Titanic. With the anniversary of the disaster coming up, Mary, who was then Mary Monaghan, recalled her experiences of working on the Golden Globe-winning film and brushing shoulders with the stars when she was just a teenager. “I was studying in Trinity at the time. I had to get permission from Bishop Rogers to attend lectures there and I ended up being very involved with the drama group called the Trinity Players. We went to the Edinburgh Festival and a casting director from Ranks came and saw the play and asked me would I go down to Pinewood Studios to do a screen test. I wasn’t able to go because we were going to another festival in Monte Carlo. I remember saying, ‘oh my God you’ll lose your

chance’. But I rang them and asked could they keep it open until I got back and I got the part,” Mary explained. The film starred Honor Blackman and Kenneth More. However, they weren’t the only celebrities Mary encountered during her time on the film. “When I went for the screen test I was in a room in costume waiting. I was told to go and have lunch and I met another person in costume too. I thought everybody in the area was like me and going for a screen test and I asked was he here often and had he done a test? ‘Yes,’ he said, ‘ages ago’ and I said, ‘I hope they are paying you well’. Then we got to the restaurant and somebody said to me ‘oh Mary, you’ve met Dirk Bogarde’. I thought ‘oh sweet Jesus’ and there was me asking if he was making money,” she laughed. She got the part of Kate in the film, part of an Irish family who embarked at Cobh, travelling in steerage on the doomed ship. Mary spent about eight months on and off working on the film, moving back and forth between Dublin and London.

“It was a great experience and it was really interesting to see how it was all made. There was no ship involved but there was a model of the Titanic in a huge tank. There were different sets for various parts of the ships that were put at different angles, depending on how far the boat had sank. Kenneth More, the main star, was very kind. I went to his home for dinner with some others once and he had a butler. All of the people on the film were very friendly,” she said. “I went to the gala opening in London and it was great even though I was a very small fish with very important actors and actresses. The main actress was Honor Blackman and everytime you saw her you knew the action was in first class and every time you saw me it was steerage. But we made our way up from steerage into first class and got into the lifeboat. I was saved so I was one of the lucky ones.” When the film opened in Ennis, Mary and her family became akin to celebrities in the town. She recalled, “When the opening of the film came to Ennis, an invitation was sent to my parents to come and see it, with

reserved seats for them. My Dad thought, it starts at eight so we will go in at quarter past because it will be dark. But they didn’t put the lights on until after my parents came in and they gave them a big clap. My father was mortified. Anytime even the tip of my nose appeared on the screen the whole town would clap. It was great.” While Mary enjoyed her time in the spotlight, it was her first and only film as she concentrated on raising her children. However, acting is still very much her passion, with the stage now replacing the bright lights of the silver screen. After her appearance in A Night to Remember, she moved to Scotland with her family, producing the plays of the children in the school she worked in, as well as taking part in amateur dramatics. Her return to Ennis after spending time living in the Middle East, among other places, saw Mary continue her love of acting by joining the Ennis Players. “Both my mother and my brother were members of the Ennis Players. We all have great fun. We recently performed The Lonesome West and it’s being taken to a few festivals. We’re hoping to get to the All-Ire-

land with it. Theatre is the thing I love best.” She is also a member of the Forever Young singers. While A Night to Remember is highly regarded among Titanic historians for its realism, the Oscarwinning James Cameron film Titanic is the one that springs to most people’s minds when they think of a movie depicting the disaster. So what does Mary think of the Kate Winslett and Leonardo DiCaprio epic? “When the film came out in Ennis I got an invitation to attend. I think it was from the Chamber. I thought it was a magnificant spectacle but I didn’t particularly like it. Ours was done in black and white, quite deliberately to have it of the period. It was very authentic. It was written by a man called Walter Lord, whose uncle had gone down in the Titanic so he was passionate about getting the facts right, unlike the other movie, which was a romance and totally improbable.” She added laughing, “There was no way a girl from first class would have ended up in the back of a car with a guy from steerage after a few hours. That wouldn’t have happened, no, no, no.”

from Ennis. It was known that he was a passenger on the ill-fated boat, and though his name did not appear in the list of survivors, it was

hoped he might have been rescued but it is now definitely stated he has been lost. He was a fine athletic young man and very popular in his native district. It is said that some West Clare people were on board but our enquiries failed to trace their names and addresses.” John explained an odd coincidence surrounds the name Martin McMahon. “Two men with the same name from Clare drowned in separate White Star liners three years apart. There is Martin McMahon from Cragbrien, who died on the Titanic but also another Martin McMahon from Tiermaclane died on another ship that was torpedoed in 1915 off Kinsale,” he said. Also lost in the disaster was Daniel Keane from Gallowshill, Cratloe, one of the few Irish second-class passengers. The 35-year-old was destined for St Louis, Missouri, where he hoped to get a job. Prior to this he had been living in Dublin, working as a tram conductor. Asked why he believes the story of Titanic has been so enduring, John said, “Nothing has been analysed more. Every passenger on that boat has been written about and followed up on how they survived, or if they survived, and what was the story. What has kept this story alive over the years is the people. There were people from all societies on board the Titanic. “Of those who survived, all their lives there was always mention that they had been on the Titanic. When they had a story to tell it was listened to and even as they died, their connection to the Titanic was mentioned. “Everybody on board had a story to tell. For instance, the Strausses, who owned Macy’s in New York, were on the Titanic. Mrs Strauss was on one of the lifeboats but her husband wouldn’t join her because there were so many women and children still to be loaded. He wouldn’t get on and then she got off again, saying that they’d been together for so long that they were going to stay together and they drowned. “Then there was the captain, Captain Smith, who was over 40 years within the White Star Line and this was to be his final voyage. He was the most senior captain of the White Star Line and he was asked before he left to sum up his career and his life. He said he never lost a passenger, he never had an accident and he summed up his career as uneventful. “Also, there was one parish in Mayo and 13 people left the parish and boarded the Titanic. Eleven of them were lost. There are a lot of sad stories in this but there are also some good ones with people surviving and going on to lead good lives.” A year of commemorative events are taking place in Cobh and Belfast to mark the anniversary. John plans to go to Cobh on the very day that the ship left the harbour 100 years ago. “It will be a very poignant occasion. I also hope to go to Belfast to see the Titanic centre before the year is out,” he said.

Titanic Belfast Festival March 31 to April 22 March 31 – April 14

April 7, 9-11

Titanic Belfast Opening: There will be an extensive programme of spectacular festival events will celebrate the opening of the world’s largest Titanic-themed visitor attraction. The programmer will remember, honour and commemorate this significant time in history and the opening of this new icon for Belfast.

Titanic Light Show: A visionary lighting show will be projected onto the iconic, new Titanic Belfast visitor attraction on April 7. This will be followed by installations over a number of evenings with an opportunity for visitors to interact with the show.

April 6 Donnelly Group Circuit of Ireland Rally: Rally stars from around the world compete in Titanic Quarter, Belfast. They will battle with the best Irish drivers to lift this title. The adrenalinefilled action begins with the Titanic Super Special Stage and then powers south for 15 more stages around Armagh and Lisburn on April 7.

April 13 MTV Concert: MTC will stage a dynamic night of live music against the backdrop of the Titanic slipways.

April 14 Titanic: A Centenary Commemoration: This show, at Belfast’s waterfront, retells the life story of the legendary liner. The story unfolds through a combination of music and documentary presented by top local and international artists. The show will be broadcast live on BBC TV.

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A good news recession story... literally Owen Ryan WHILE several years of recession haven’t done much for the national mood, there are some positives. As the market for cocaine collapsed due to the economic decline, libraries, and the cheap education and entertainment they offer, came into their own. Last year over 404,000 people visited libraries around Clare. A total of 547,464 issues were made to the public and 17,809 people were registered to the library service. The amount of issues was up by over 22,000 on 2009. County librarian Helen Walsh said that all over the country, more people are borrowing books than before. “Nationally the numbers using libraries has increased. It’s always been the experience during recessionary times that people go back to more cost-effective things, rather than buying books they borrow them. “Definitely there has been an increase, the number of issues has been up every year for the

last three years. That’s one of the performance indicators we’re judged on. It’s in a time when we spend less on our libraries because of cutbacks in budgets and so on. It’s a service that’s still managing to do well.” She says the library service has made efforts to make itself relevant to different sectors of the county’s population. “We have a good calendar of events at the different branches for the different age groups. We have children’s activities, activities for teenagers, the elderly are using our branches and people in the middle years. People come into the library for different reasons.” In the past, libraries were almost solely associated with books, but for years now they have provided connections to the internet, dvds and cds. “We have DVDs and music in some of our branches and all the various types of books from large print to graphic novels for teenagers. There is a cross section available. Of course newspapers are very important. Newspapers are available electronically, but you still have people, particularly the

Dominic Lysaght

DOMINIC Lysaght was born in London, England in 1986. He moved to Ireland when he was 13-years-old, to Kilrush with his mother, two brothers and a sister. At present he has three brothers and three sisters – a ‘’mad house.’’ He has been writing poetry since October 2011 and has read at several of the Clare Three-Legged Stool open mic sessions in Glór. ECONOMIC PSYCHO I’m making a killing In today’s economy I’m walking among corpses Their heads down by their feet I’ve rigged the game You haven’t got a clue To make money from your life’s work Is what I do I’m an evil genius Wearing the face of another man Is anyone who they appear to be In a corrupt society? The lives I’ve taken The dreams I’ve made cash The bodies pile up in the trash ■ Helen Walsh, the Clare County Librarian. Photograph by John Kelly

braries would have improved significantly up and down the country and some beautiful buildings were built. People come in to libraries not just to borrow books but because of the events that we organise and also because they are nice public spaces to visit.” She says the usage of libraries was strong in the good times, but people might have been coming for different reasons then. “In the good times communities were using the spaces and now in reces-

sionary times people are genuinely coming in to borrow books. Usage can vary depending on what the external conditions are.” That they offer extremely good value for money is something that can hardly be argued with. “For a family it’s ten euros and for an individual it’s five euros. There are categories that are free of charge, young people in school and third level are free of charge and it’s free of charge for people on social welfare.”

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THE AIB Photojournalism Exhibition, which encapsulates winning and highly commended images from the Press Photographer’s of Ireland (PPAI) Awards, had its official opening in AIB Bank, Shannon, on Tuesday. It is one of the many stops on its year long tour of the country. The awards and the accompanying exhibition pay tribute to the essential role and power of photography in today’s changing world, by rewarding the talents of photojournalists in Ireland. The overall AIB Photojournalist of the Year 2012 title was awarded to Julien Behal of Press Association Ireland. The judging panel commented that the winning portfolio, “comprehensively shows the ability and imagination of the photographer over a wide range of subjects and situations. He shows great technical ability and confidence in all the different facets of press photography. This collection of pictures stood out from all other entries.” Clare’s own Alan Place was also a winner in this year’s awards. A piece from the Clare Champion’s Declan Monaghan is also included in this year’s exhibition, along with other locally renowned photographers, Brian Arthur and Sean Curtin. Speaking at the opening reception, Pat Enright, branch manager, AIB Bank said, “AIB Shannon is delighted to host the exhibition. The awards are a major recognition of excellence in the field of photojournalism and the accompanying exhibition provides a tremendous platform for AIB to promote the incredible work of the PPAI. ” The images from this year’s exhibition can be viewed by logging on to

older generation, who love to just sit down and read a newspaper in the library. “Funnily enough internet use has dropped off a bit and I would put it down to more home use and maybe better broadband speed. That’s the only statistic I would say that’s going down. People are reading as much as ever.” Despite other diversions now hosted by the library, books are still what most people come for. “You have to balance a good,

solid book collection that would be well used and money well invested. We haven’t gone overboard with regard to the amount of DVDs in the service and there would be some branches that don’t have them at all.” A new library has just opened in Kilkee, while one opened up in Scariff a few years back. Helen says that around the country there were significant improvements made to libraries. “During the Celtic Tiger the quality of li-

■ The Point-to-Point racing gets underway in Killaloe.

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FAULTY Towers - The Dining Experience will play at the Clarion Hotel in Limerick on April 11-12. Having played over 200 sellout shows in Ireland during the last three years, Basil, Sybil and Manuel will be there with a feast of comic delights, some of them familiar, some off the cuff, but all with the familiar humour of the TV series. As usual Basil is manic, Sybil bossy and Manuel hopelessly language-challenged. Everything that can possibly go wrong does go wrong in some beautifully controlled chaos. The show has been winning fans and accolades at Edinburgh, Melbourne and Adelaide Festivals over the last four years. The show is a loosely scripted, 13th episode of the TV series which develops the characters made famous by John Cleese, Prunella Scales and Andrew Sachs.

Real-life stories of ordinary Irish Titantic survivors Some of Waking the Titanic spective on the tragedy in the form was shot in West Clare and it of a local story, focusing not on the gives a somewhat different per- glory and fate of the ship but the ordinary lives and fragile hopes of the community that lost more of its population on that fateful night than any other. The poor of Addergoole in County Mayo looked on America For a Personal Horoscope Reading call or text as a last hope. Emigration and the the numbers below! sending home of remittance money You must include your date of birth and question together in the message otherwise to keep older family members alive, you may still be charged. E.G Aries 12/01/1980 Should I forgive him? was practically a rite of passage. Aries (March 21st - April 19th) In 1912, Catherine McGowan, a Text:Aries to:57272 or Call 1580 999 581 local girl who had emigrated some years previously and made a great Taurus (April 20th - May 20th ) success of her life, returned to Addergoole with wonderful stories of Text:Taur to:57272 or Call 1580 999 582 her life in the land of opportunity Gemini (May 21st - June 20th) and a generous offer to help buy fares for anyone who wished to Text:Gemi to:57272 or Call 1580 999 583 go back to America with her. For

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many, this offer was too good to pass up. As a result, 14 young people, ranging in age from 17 to 32, set about making plans to emigrate. Through stylised re-enactments, the docudrama recreates a joyous trip to the next town to buy a hat for the voyage, the wedding of a young couple prior to going, a young shop girl measuring a child’s finger with a piece of string so a ring could be sent home from America, a brother reading his sister’s tea leaves and warning her not to get on the boat, a fare sent home from America, which was spent on a cow thus saving a life and the day that 14 people left the only world they knew in search of a dream. On board Titanic, the Addergoole party travelled in third class

but compared with the life they were leaving they were in luxury, with three meals a day, running water and electric lighting. The programme also offers new perspectives, not just regarding the conditions on board, but the events of April 12, 1912 itself. The grand daughter of Delia McDermott recalls her grandmother’s account of the moment when the ship struck the iceberg, saying there was so little fear among the passengers that some of those on deck used shards of ice to cool their drinks. As the full significance of the impact began to dawn, the courage and generosity of the party came into focus. In the days that followed the disasters, the survivors bypassed Ellis Island and the programme shows

them being taken to St Vincent’s Hosptial in New York. Annie Kate Kelly’s granddaughter recalls her grandmother’s account of having been roused to sign a waiver, absolving White Star Lines of all responsibility, later waking up to find $25 dollars pinned to her lapel. She also claimed that Captain Smith didn’t go down with his ship but was seen in one of the lifeboats. With the last survivors of that time deceased, the community they left behind has recently begun to commemorate the loss. Across the Atlantic, the story also abides, embodied in the lives of 96 direct descendants of the survivors, whose voices provide both the core and the epilogue to the tale.

Between the covers PAPERBACK – FICTION 1. Sing You Home – Jodi Picoult (Hodder) Zoe finds love again with Vanessa and wants to use her and her ex-husband’s frozen embryos to have a baby. 2. The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes (Vintage) This novel was the winner of the Man Booker Prize in 2011. 3. The Sentry – Robert Crais (Orion) Joe witnesses Dru’s uncle being beaten by a gang and offers them protection. He discovers the man and his niece are not who they seem. 4. The Woman in the Fifth – Douglas Kennedy (Arrow) Harry Ricks flees to Paris when a scandal ends his career and his marriage. 5. City of Hope – Kate Kerrigan (Pan Books) Ellie decides to leave Ireland and move to New York. Due to the Depression, the energy and party atmosphere that Ellie fell in love with have gone.

PAPERBACK NON-FICTION 1. Ruby – Ruby Walsh (Orion) The extraordinary life of jockey Ruby Walsh. 2. Flourishing – Maureen Gaffney (Penguin) Flourishing shows us how to achieve a deeper sense of well-being, meaning and purpose in our lives. 3. Dublin 1911 – Catriona Crowe (Royal Irish Academy) This book takes a look at Dublin during 1911 and covers many subjects including education, religion and poverty. 4. Vegetables for the Polytunnel and Greenhouse – Klaus Laitenberger (Milkwood Farm) Advice on growing over 50 different types of vegetables in a polytunnel or greenhouse, including a month-by-month guide. 5. The Magic – Rhonda Byrne (Simon & Schuster) Rhonda Byrne is the bestselling author of two other books The Secret and The Power.

I’m making a killing Slashing you not the prices Is what I do ■ The next reading by Clare Three-Legged Stool Poets takes place in Glór on Saturday, April 21 at 2pm sharp. The guest poet is Arthur Watson, who is launching his first collection Spirit Store on the day. More information on www.clarepoets. com, including guidelines for submitting poems.

A vision of alternative life

THE Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon is showing the work of three artists, until April 19. The photography of Robert Ellis documents the space inhabited by a small alternative community, living in the West of Ireland. “By exploring the private world created by the people that live here, this work adopts a silent and contemplative tone, and seeks to engage with this space and its inhabitants, rather than expose it,” he says. Robert was born in Dublin in 1984 and is a graduate of MFA Photography in the University of Ulster, Belfast. His photography, which has been exhibited in Ireland and abroad, often deals with the notion of home. Working with small rural communities, his pictures rely on inherent or local knowledge to inform a sense of place. Also on display is video installation and drawings by David O’Rourke. The video pieces are entitled The Persistence of Memory and The Persistence of Vision and he says that the two are related to each other. “In relating the two pieces, I compare the visual hallucinations of ‘persistence of vision’ and the construct of mental hallucination in ‘persistence of memory’. The tunnel hallucination symbolising near death and birth experiences.” The drawings are entitled Déjà vu and he outlined the concept involved. “The series of drawings capture the passage of time and also the immutable present. The work consists of 12 pieces executed in Kilkee in one day. The concept was to draw the same scene over and over, each hour on the hour and capture the changing day.” A mixed media exhibition by Liz Moloney is also on show. Fertile Rock is inspired by the Burren’s rich and diverse flora and fauna. She explores these forms through observational drawings and photography. The images are then taken out of context altering the dimensions and scale and also playing with the introduction of pattern, texture and motif.

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ORIGINAL FICTION 1. Dark Lies the Island – Kevin Barry (Jonathan Cape) A selection of short stories about love, cruelty, desperation and hope. 2. The House on Willow Street – Cathy Kelly (Harper Collins) Four women must face their past before they can begin to look to the future. 3. The Sins of the Father – Jeffrey Archer (Macmillan) Large Format Paperback Tom Bradshaw has been arrested for killing his brother. When a top lawyer offers his services for free, Tom has little choice but to accept. 4. 11th Hour – James Patterson (Century) Large Format Paperback Lindsay Boxer discovers a murder weapon is linked to four other deaths. 5. A Walk in the Park – Jill Mansell (Headline) Lara walked out on her life without a word to anyone. She has returned and lives will change.

HARDBACK NON-FICTION 1. A Perfectly Good Man – Patrick Gale (Fourth Estate) Patrick returns to the Cornish landscape and lays bare the lives of a community. 2. Saved By Cake – Marian Keyes (Penguin) A recipe book for beginner bakers, with over 80 recipes, along with hints and tips. 3. A Message of Hope from the Angels – Lorna Byrne (Coronet) Lorna explains in a simple, direct way how to call on angels to make life better and happier. 4. Irish Traditional Cooking – Darina Allen (Gill & Macmillan) A new edition of Darina’s bestselling cookery book, it includes 300 traditional dishes. 5. Neven’s Country Living Vol 2 – Neven Maguire A selection of his most popular recipes from the Farmers Journal magazine, Irish Country Living.

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Dancers celebrate 25 years at the bar Carol Byrne

FOR 25 years the Dinan School of Ballet has been training dancers from across Clare and in this, their 25th year, they entered into a new realm competing for the first time at All-Ireland level. The venture paid off as the school came away with three trophies and dance teachers Niamh Dinan and Tara McGovern were rewarded with an overall prize of best choreography. Dancers from the Ennis-based school participated in the IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association) All-Ireland Dance Championships held in Dublin recently where they competed in three categories, taking first place in two and second in the third. Having grown this large dance family, Niamh Dinan, founder of the school, said it was both a surprise and a delight to have taken first place in the U-16 ballet section, and U-13 theatre craft, and second place in U-16 theatre craft, while the overall prize for best choreography was the icing on the cake. “This was the first time we entered. We’ve never entered any competition before because usually we concentrate on shows and grade exams so that usually takes up all our time. We had been thinking about entering competitions and this is the first of the competitions we’ve entered. When the first group won the U-16 ballet that was a big surprise because on your very first competition you don’t expect to do so well, plus the girls who entered the U-16 were aged from 12 to 15 so some of them were very young,” Niamh explained. The U-16 group was made up of Nicole O’Mahony, Amandine Severin, Alannah Sweeney, AnnaMae Kenneally, Lauren O’Mahony and Sarah Nolan. They had to do a single performance, choreographed

■ Students of the Dinan School of Ballet Clarecastle. (From left) Alannah Sweeney, Amandine Severin, Nicole O’Mahony, Sarah Nolan, Photograph by John Kelly Alfrey Perkins, Anna Mae Kenneally and Lauren O’Mahony.

especially for the competition. It was then judged on choreography, technique, musicality and performance ability. Then the next two competitions were in theatre craft, which Niamh explained is a little bit like jazz dancing and would be typical of the dancing you would see in West End and Broadway shows. The U-13 theatre craft group also came first and dancing in this competition were Alfrey Perkins,

Nicole O’Mahony, Amandine Severin and Alannah Sweeney, while the U-16 theatre craft group came second with a performance by Nicole O’Mahony, Lauren O’Mahony, AnnaMae Kenneally and Sarah Nolan. “We were a bit shell shocked at first because we went into it not knowing what to expect, so it was a mixture of shock, delight and excitement. We had an exam session at the end of February and we had three weeks to prepare so it was a

very last minute decision,” Niamh added. As the school prepares to celebrate its 25th year, Niamh said the 2011/2012 term has been great for the students and school in general, offering plenty of high points in addition to the All-Ireland success. “Seven of the girls got into the Russian Youth Ballet in this school year and performed in The Nutcracker with them. It was the most students from any school in the country to get in. Sarah Nolan

got into their senior company and performed in Dublin’s Convention Centre with La Sylphide over a fortnight ago, and she is also dancing in the Town Hall in Tralee next month again with La Sylphide. Another student Siobhán Sexton auditioned for Youth Ballet West, which is another semi-professional company and got into that, so she will be dancing with them in Galway during the Volvo Ocean Race Festival,” she revealed. Niamh recalled setting up the

Party movie shortlisted for Drinkaware award

■ Five Newmarketon-Fergus men met up and attended Liberty’s Ladder by Clare-based Feidir Linn Productions at Rory Dolan’s in Yonkers, New York on St Patrick’s weekend: (from left) Sean Minogue, New York; Councillor Pat McMahon, John Freeman, John Higgins, cast member, and Denis Meehan, New York. The Newmarketon-Fergus drama group travelled to the United States for a total of five performances in Rory Dolan’s and the Stage Left Theatre in Times Square. Liberty’s Ladder pays tribute to generations of Irish emigrants to America, in particular those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks in New York.

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TWO Clare students were involved in a production entitled The House Party, which has been shortlisted in a prestigious national student film and multimedia competition. Peter Moloney from Bridgetown and James Skerritt from Lahinch were involved in making the film shortlisted in the film and multimedia competition, organised by The competition, now in its fifth year, challenges students to explore the relationship between Irish culture and drinking through a film or multimedia project. The theme for this year’s competition was drinking in a home environment. Peter wrote the script as well as editing and directing, while James was the main cameraman. They are students at Limerick Institute of Technology and Peter outlined what their film is about. “It’s a mock houseparty with two commentators that are sort of talking about the events and highlights of the party. There’s two people at the party, one sensible guy who alternates his drinks with water and things and eats throughout the party. The other fella, his housemate, gets very drunk, ends up in a pool of his own vomit and has to be carried out of the house party. “It’s a three minute short film and it’s up on YouTube. There’s a link on the website too.” He said about one months of work went into the project. Eleven film and multimedia projects, by students from around Ireland have been shortlisted for the 2012 competition, including The House Party. Speaking at the shortlisting event, Fionnuala Sheehan, chief executive of, said many of the entries show a more realistic side to alcohol consumption than what is portrayed on reality TV. “Reality TV can leave young people with the mistaken impression that excessive alcohol consumption in the home is normal, is without negative consequences, and can even lead to rewards,” she said. “My fear is that – because of the prevalence of scenes of excessive drinking and drunkenness on reality TV programmes – viewers are becoming desensitised. Such programmes sometimes glorify and normalise excessive levels of home drinking, rather than portraying a truly realistic stance. The reality is that most Irish people are capable of enjoying a few drinks in their homes without going overboard. “This year’s shortlisted entries highlight the side of Ireland’s drinking culture that reality TV shows forget to mention: the cost of heavy drinking for your health, your family and your future. They also demonstrate how people can be more sensible in their approach to alcohol, for example by drinking water in between alcoholic drinks, or by using smartphone technology to keep track of how much they have drank and when they have reached their limit,” she added. “We are delighted with the quality and creativity of the shortlisted entries from Clare and all over the country – and particularly pleased to see that the students who entered have a more realistic stance on drinking in a home environment than the producers and stars of reality TV. If viewers want a real dose of reality, they should get online and check out the shortlisted entries on our website now,” Ms Sheehan concluded. The shortlisted entries in Dare2bdrinkaware.iewill now go forward for judging by a panel of prestigious film and multimedia industry insiders, including Miriam Allen, managing director of the Galway Film Fleadh; blogger Darragh Doyle; Gavin Burke, presenter of ‘Cinerama’ on Phantom 105.2; Ciarán Norris, Head of Digital with Mindshare and Scott Ahearn, welfare officer with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). The judges will award €1,000 prizes to the best film and multimedia entries, and €500 prizes to the runners-up in each category. As well as the prizes awarded by the judging panel, one film and one multimedia entry will win special ‘public vote’ prizes: all shortlisted entries are available to view online, and members of the public can vote for their favourite entries up until 5pm on Wednesday, April 18, on

studio 25 years ago. She is very proud of the school she has built and was delighted to have American teacher Tara McGovern join her three years ago. “Tara has been a breath of fresh air in the school because her background in dance is very different. She’s brought a lot of new things to the school and it is down to her pushing the competitive side because the competition circuit would be very big in America,” Niamh said. Niamh explained her love for ballet began and grew after she had seen a performance at the Art College in Limerick where she had been studying. Being so moved by it, she said “I just decided that I wanted to be ballet teacher so I left art college and went off to pursue this instead”. Having trained initially with the Dublin School of Classical and Contemporary Dance, Niamh took her teaching exams with the Royal Academy of Dance in London and subsequently got involved with the IDTA. Niamh began by custom building a studio while she was still living at home with her parents and took her career from there. “I mustn’t have been your average 20-something-year-old, but I’ve made such amazing friends over the years. Children who started with me over 25 years ago are some of my best friends, I’ve been to their weddings and to their christenings and now some of their children are coming to me for ballet and they’re still coming to ballet as adults. There’s very much a family feel to it and Tara has slotted in very well to that and it does feel very much like one big dance family,” she added. Asked what it is about dance that gave her such a calling, she said, “I’m just moved by it. This is my life. It’s not like work, even though it is very hard work. I’d be very passionate about it, you live, breathe and dream it, it’s just my

West Clare goes graphic for Zaucer of Zilk Carol Byrne THE creator of a new, internationally-released graphic novel The Zaucer of Zilk has given new life to some of Clare’s streetscapes in this popular comic strip. The Zaucer of Zilk creator Brendan McCarthy, whose parents hail from Mullagh in West Clare, spent last summer in the family home. Needing some photographic locations for the story’s opening scenes, he headed for Miltown Malbay and Ennis with his ideas and a digital camera. “I was living back in West Clare last summer and that’s when I started drawing the comic artwork, after the scripts had been approved. I needed some locations and I had decided to use treated photographic backgrounds for some of the pictures. Miltown Malbay was perfect for the look I was after, which is based on the opening Liverpool part of the Yellow Submarine film. “Also, some of the shop fronts in Ennis were used and the interior of one of the old-style sweetshops that are still going strong in the town. The beautiful old shop fronts of these Clare towns were perfect for the design of the strip - after getting lots of digital Photoshop treatment to make them look rainy and forbidding,” he told The Clare Champion. Brendan’s parents met and married in London in the 1950s. Although Brendan was brought up in London, he spent much of his childhood in Clare, playing amongst the haystacks and fairy forts where the local folklore and Celtic legends had a big impression on his young imagination. The Zaucer of Zilk is Brendan’s latest creation and starts this week

in the popular weekly UK comic book 2000AD, which is home for the famous Judge Dredd strip. It will also be republished as a comic series in the USA and then collected into a graphic novel later in the year. Brendan showed a talent for drawing when he was a child and eventually ended up going to Art College in Chelsea in London where he studied painting and did a Fine Arts Degree in painting and then a further degree in film. Speaking to The Clare Champion Brendan explained how he came to work in the industry and his hopes to create an Irish themed graphic novel. “I was always interested in painting and drawing and folklore stories and the Celtic legends were always interesting to me. When I left college I needed to get some work and I spent a few years as a painter but that meant dire poverty. In order to make a living I got a job drawing comics and it just so happened that that industry really took off in the 1980s. Then you had the big British invasion of America where the big British comic book artists and writers took over the American industry for about a decade. “Then you had The Sandman by Niel Gaiman and Alan Moore doing The Watchmen, these big multimillion comic books started happening and were mainly

provided by British writers and artists with the exception of Garth Ennis, who is a very big writer from Ireland and myself and my co-writer at that time Peter Milligan. Milligan was also of Irish parents. As I got more work in America, I migrated over to Hollywood working on film and television where the major studios are over there for animation,” he outlined. Brendan has been producing comics or graphic novels as they are now known for 30 years although he moved out of the industry for about 15 years to work in animation and films in Hollywood and elsewhere. “I have worked for the famous British comic magazine 2000AD back in the 1980s and I had recently done some work for Marvel and DC Comics in the USA. So when I met the editor of 2000AD last year at a Comic Book Convention in the UK, I pitched him the basic idea for a new series and he liked it and wanted to see more. I had the loose idea for a comic called The Zaucer of Zilk as a kind of more fantastical Harry Potter type of story, with visuals along the line of The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine animated film,” he explained. When he began pinning the story down he

■ The Zaucer of Zilk debuts in 2000AD.

then approached the comic’s writer Al Ewing to work on it with him. “That’s when we really got to grips with the storyline and got the characters working. Al is an upcoming writer who is highly regarded and so I knew we could come up with a good gripping yarn,” he said. It is among Brendan’s hopes that the comic series is picked up and developed into a film or television series. He explained comic and graphic novels are big business these days, with some of them selling millions of copies. “The best thing that can happen is if you create a new character that takes off and it leads to an ongoing series of graphic novels. The Tin Tin books have sold many millions of copies all over the world in the last 40 years. In Japan, their comics, known as manga, are massive sellers. In France it’s a huge industry too. The graphic novels you see in bookshops these days are a big success story in publishing, having gone through a huge boom in sales in the last decade,” he said. Brendan is also planning on putting together an Irish-themed graphic novel, where he hopes to feature the Famine and the coffin ships that took press-ganged Irish men off to America and to the penal colony now known as Australia. “I’m interested in what an Irish country man of that historical era would have made of the nomadic Aboriginal tribal sorcerers that he may have encountered in the Outback deserts,” he revealed. Brendan is also looking forward to a new film that he co-wrote being released next year called Mad Max: Fury Road, a new installment of the famous 1980s movie series that starred a young Mel Gibson.

life”. The school caters for children from the age of three and a half and it doesn’t have an upper age limit, as Niamh says it is never too late to take it up. Indeed when they do take it up many don’t look back. Niamh says they enjoy it but not only that, it is also of huge benefit to them on a personal level. “They love dancing and they love performing in the shows. They get a buzz from doing the exams and getting their certificates. Some of the smaller children would fancy themselves as becoming ballerinas but, realistically, some of the older girls would be seriously considering that line and would have the potential to do it. Most of them would be coming for the enjoyment of it. “Ballet is great for discipline, confidence building and it’s great for posture. It has so many positive impacts on their daily life. The girls become very responsible, independent and disciplined about a lot of things because that is what is expected of them in the class and that stands to them later on,” she said. While they don’t have any boys at the minute, Niamh said they would welcome any boys who would like to take it up. “We would love to have boys but society tends to look not very favourably on it. I don’t think people realise how energetic it is, they just imagine it as a bit airy fairy, but we would love to get boys involved,” she said. The school is now preparing for their annual show, Beauty and The Beast, however Niamh said not to expect the Disney version as the Dinan School of Ballet will very much be putting their own stamp on this concept. The show takes place on May 23 and 24 in Glór and will mark their 25th anniversary. It will be followed by further celebratory events.

Cúl an Tí exhibition gets back to nature Owen Ryan THE Russell Gallery, at New Inn will host an exhibition of the paintings of Clare artist Patsy Connolly which will be launched on Saturday at 5.30pm and will run for the rest of the month of April. The exhibition represents a journey and a personal narration through her emotional life and her spiritual connection between nature and art. Entitled Cúl an Tí, the exhibition claims such spaces were quite lively in earlier times. “The farm yard, haggard of kitchen garden especially in earlier times was populated with an eclectic mixture of animals, cats, a dog, a cow, hens, a goose or two, an old horse or donkey, a rubbish heap that was a graveyard for broken objects , an old tea pot and an ever watchful craw. All the animals had a name a personality and a respected place in the family.” Patsy says she has a huge love for art, having given up a job as a biologist to work on it full time. “I started about ten years ago. Actually I took up photography because I thought I wouldn’t be able to paint, but after a while I took it up because I thought I needed something more tactile and to get my hands dirty a bit.” Of her work she notes, “They would be semi-abstract expressions with the theme of animals and creatures. They wouldn’t be realistic representations of the animals.” Patsy is originally from Lisdoonvarna but now lives in Ballyvaughan. While her work has been on show in group exhibitions in the past, this is the first time she is conducting a solo exhibition.

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At the movies

John Keogh

Channel Hopping

VICIOUS backstabbing, bloodied bodies, gratuitous nudity and more twists than a curly wurly, it can only mean Game of Thrones has returned to our screens. I saw an apt description of the show somewhere last year stating it to be “Rome meets The Sopranos with a bit of ’70s German porn thrown into the mix”, which pretty much sums it up. The adaptation of George RR Martin’s A Song Of Fire And Ice, which has sold over 15m copies worldwide, just keeps going from strength to strength in the popularity ratings. In the US, box-sets are keeping apace of HBO sure-things like The Sopranos, The Wire and Sex And The City. In the UK, it’s been at the top of Amazon’s TV chart for the past four months and it received a plethora of award nominations last year, most notably for Peter Dinklage, who thoroughly deserved it. But how would the second series continue in the face of the gaping hole left by the absence of Sean Bean’s lovely head, which he unceremoniously lost at the end of the last series? Quite well it would appear and that’s part of the genius behind this show. The loss of such a major character hasn’t dented the appeal in any way. Picking up directly from where it left off, Joffrey is still an horrific excuse for a human being, Sansa has learned the hard way that you don’t always want what you wish for and Tyrion still has all the best lines (Tyrion to Cersei: “You love your children. It’s your one redeeming feature. That and your cheekbones.”) Utter quality. The opening episode contended with catching the audience up on how matters stand after the fallout of Ned Stark’s premature ending and introduced a host of new characters including Stannis Barethon, the much talked about but never seen until now middle brother of deceased king Robert and presumptive king Renly. Stannis is the type of moralist you would find hard to make friends with but Stephen Dillane played him with a shell of unwavering steel over a slightly glimpsed vulnerability. Stannis directed a sizable part of plot development of the first episode. Having learned from Ned of the incestuous relationship between Cersei and brother Jaime and realising Joffrey is Jaime’s son, not Robert’s, he too declares himself king, following in the footsteps of brother Renly and Ned’s eldest son, Robb Stark (Richard Madden). His letter to every leader in the kingdom directs the play of other developments also including Robb’s confrontation with Jamie and Joffrey’s outburst against his mother. It also ultimately resulted in Joffrey having all of Robert’s bastard children slain in a King Herod-type massacre. Stannis is aided by the loyal Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) and the red priestess Melisandre (Carice van Houten) who one should definitely think twice about crossing. We also met the creepy Craster in his northern smallholding with a host of daughters that he has made his wives, as The Watch ventured outside the wall. Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) meanwhile, didn’t have too much to do but she is leading a raggedy band of Dothraki around a desert somewhere. I’ve read the books and the second, on which this series is based, is the most politically intricate, so things are about to seriously heat up in the battle for the Iron Throne, as the nine long-standing dynasties spread across the seven kingdoms find new ways to form alliances and break them just as quickly. One of the show’s major successes is that, although it’s within the fantasy genre, the first series didn’t hit the general population over the head with magic and daft goings on. It concentrated on the relationships between the characters rather than the more fantastical elements. Viewers were let slowly acclimatise to the world of Westeros before the more magical elements began to crop up, meaning people could keep up with the story with little or no head scratching. As I’ve mentioned, I’ve read the books and one of the more admirable things about David Benioff and DB Weiss’s adaptation is their collective ability to stay on course with events in the books. Staying true to the source is not always easy, especially with so much material. Yet the creators have successfully negotiated how to cover a great deal of ground without getting overly bogged down in the detail. The other thing I have enjoyed about the TV series is it has built some of the characters differently. In the books, Cersei is a bland, hollow creature but Lena Headey is mesmerising on screen and gets far more brilliant scenes, including the altercation with Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baylish this week. There is no such thing as good versus evil but there is a lot of grey area. Cersei and Jamie Lannister were set up as the villains from the get-go, but there are moments when you can see real humanity in both. You start out despising one character only to see them grow and mature into something else, while someone you may have had sympathy for grows into something hard and unidentifiable. There is a very dark heart at the centre of Game of Thrones; winter is indeed coming. Elsewhere, the online world was abuzz this week at the release of a teaser trailer of The Newsroom from Aaron Sorkin (he of The West Wing, still one of the best shows ever made in my opinion). The Newsroom is a behind-the-scenes at a 24-hour cable news network and plots the idealism of producing good news while dealing with commercial and corporate interferences. It revolves around news anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) a meticulously impartial TV anchor, who flips the lid at a college question and answer session, with the result that the political right and rivals are baying for his blood. He has his antagonists in his executive producer, played by Brit Emily Mortimer, the newsroom staff (Dev Patel, Alison Pill, John Gallagher Jr, Olivia Munn, Thomas Sadoski) and boss (Sam Waterston). Jane Fonda also stars in a recurring role as the CEO of the network’s parent company. It’s a hell of a cast and the trailer certainly looks entertaining, we’ll just have to wait til June to find out.

“How would the second series continue in the face of the gaping hole left by the absence of Sean Bean’s lovely head”

Tracey Walsh

■ Pirate Captain (centre left, voiced by Hugh Grant) shows his application for Pirate of the Year. (Below) ■ Sam Worthington heads out on his quest armed with some oversized cutlery.

Perfect, plasticine Pirates! The Pirates! An Adventure With Scientists DIRECTED BY: Jeff Newitt, Peter Lord VOICES: Hugh Grant, David Tennant, Brendan Gleeson, Salma Hayek CERT: G IT’S not every day you hear The Clash, The Sex Pistols and The Ramones in a movie and it’s a rare occasion you’ll hear the excellent Tenpole Tudor anywhere. So when you hear all of these, and more, on the soundtrack of an animated film, you know you’re in the safe hands. You also know you’re not watching a Disney cartoon. The Pirates! is the new offering from the good people at Aardman Studios, and is well worth the wait after several years in the making. Adapted from the books by Gideon Defoe, it’s the story of a pirate captain called, well, Pirate Captain (Grant), a cheerful chap who dreams of winning the Pirate of the Year award, despite proving on a regular basis that he is really quite useless at his chosen profession. Up against Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven), Peg Leg Hastings (Lenny Henry) and Cutlass Liz (Hayek), he doesn’t have a hope. But Pirate Captain and his crew – they have names like Pirate with Gout, Pirate with Scarf and Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate – strike luck when they cross paths with Charles Darwin (David Tennant), who claims the ship’s parrot is actually a certain

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extinct species and a valuable treasure. So the lads set sail for London, in search of riches and fame but end up on the wrong end of the pirate-hating Queen Victoria’s (Imelda Staunton) attention. This is Aardman doing what you expect – sharp writing, great characters, funny gags and lovely visuals – mixing their traditional stop-motion technique with CGI backgrounds and effective use of 3D. I would say it’s fun for all the family, but many of the jokes may be lost on younger children. Bring them anyway.

Wrath of the Titans DIRECTED BY: Jonathan Liebesman STARRING: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Rosamund Pike CERT: 12A I’M sure it’s possible there were millions of awestruck moviegoers clamouring for a sequel to Clash of the Titans, a film of such immense badness that its leading man issued a public apology. It’s possible but I doubt it. However, lots of money was made, so we’ve gotten a sequel whether we like it or not. Because that’s how it goes. His Kraken-killing days behind him, Perseus (Worthington) has retired to a quiet fishing village, raising his son Helius (John Bell) and generally enjoying the peace. But big daddy Zeus (Neeson) just won’t leave

Sandler sweeps Golden Raspberries ANOTHER year, another bloated, fetid corpse of a movie sweeps the boards at the Golden Raspberry Awards dragging cinematic achievement to a new low. This award season the honour falls to Adam Sandler “comedy” Jack and Jill. Scooping 10 awards, it has become the first flick in the Razzies’ 32-year history to complete a clean sweep. Amongst the performers smearing themselves in golden glory were Al Pacino (worst support-

him alone. The god’s top dog is freaking out because the pesky Greeks can’t be bothered to worship their gods anymore and without the faith of the people, the gods will lose their powers. This strikes me as an unusual arrangement, all things considered. It reminds me of the excellent Christmas movie Elf, where Santa’s sleigh won’t fly unless the people believe. Zooey Deschanel takes care of that by kicking off a rousing public rendition of Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Mighty as he is, old Zeus doesn’t seem to know this simple magic trick, where you can save the day with a song, perhaps something cheerful like Zeus Is On The Loose (So Lock Up Your Mothers, Quick!). On the upside, he does look a bit like Santa. Anyway, things really go to the dogs when Zeus is kidnapped by his brother Hades (Fiennes), who’s in cahoots with Ares (Edgar Ramirez), the son Zeus just never had time for. Seems the old man just wasn’t big on hugs. For added fun, the Titans are escaping and descending on the unsuspecting world to have their merry way, mad mythical beasts who insist on trying to mash Perseus to a pulp, having learned nothing from the demise of their sister, Medusa. The big plot emerges, however, when Hades makes a deal to transfer Zeus’s power to their father, Kronos, a big roaring mass of evil lava, so evil his own sons had to lock him in the underworld, where he’s been grounded without dinner for years. Now Perseus must navigate a crazy labyrinth of killer clock-

work rocks and descend into the bowels of the earth to put a stop to this wild carryon before it gets out of hand and someone starts writing far fetched stories about it. Not much he can do to save the film, though, which is even stupider than it sounds. There’s the occasional highlight here and there, the odd action set piece that looks great. Even the 3D looks good sometimes. Then there’s Rosamund Pike, who always looks good and doesn’t break a habit while playing Queen Andromeda. Bill Nighy is a welcome sight too as the blacksmith Hephaestus, providing the laughs as he tends to do. The intentional laughs, anyway. There’s a fair few of the other kind as well, most often courtesy of the dialogue, which appears to have been written by a screenwriter’s infant child while his daddy was having a nap. It’s not much fun watching Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes doing this kind of stuff though. You could say they’ve come a long way in 20 years, since they were at the height of their powers playing opposite each other in Schindler’s List. A long way in the wrong direction. Maybe you’d be right to lament their crossing over into the dark, blighted land of the mindless teen-friendly fantasy flick and, God help us, the world of Harry Potter. But you’d only be wrecking your head. Worse, you won’t be able to stop another sequel to another bad film. Though you can always not go.

ing actor). The Oscar winner also received a mention in the worst screen couple category along with co-star Katie Holmes. Sandler won both worst actor and actress awards and shared the award for worst screen ensemble. The film, which he helped write, was voted worst picture, worst remake, worst director and worst screenplay.

On the couch

Peter Madden

Contact the On the couch at I HAVE no interest in Tintin. I didn’t read the comics when I was a kid or fall in love with them as a teenager or an adult. I have nothing against the Belgian reporter, his peculiar quiff or his loyal dog, Snowy. I just never took the time to really care about him that much. So with an open mind and a lack of fanboy knowledge I sat down to enjoy The Adventures of Tintin, a project borne from the minds of two of cinema’s serious heavyweights, Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. While the idea for a film based on the iconic series of comic books has been simmering in the back of The Beard’s mind since the early ’80s, it is only recently that technology caught up with desire and his plan to realise the film in the sort of superreal animated style came to fruition. An adventure story in the finest sense of the word, at its heart Tintin represents all the action stuff Spielberg ever wanted to do in the Indiana Jones films but couldn’t due to the laws of physics and not having an unlimited budget and a cast impervious to death. Opening with a mysterious stranger, a pickpocket and a secret locked inside a model ship, The Unicorn, Tintin hits the ground running and doesn’t stop as he and the story criss-cross the world, tracking down clues to solve the mystery of the galleon. While faithful (visually anyway) to its source material in a way that wouldn’t have

been possible if the film had been shot in live action, Tintin still throws in enough small gags and references to distinguish itself as being more “real” than the comic books. Bell does a fine job of voice acting the hero and Daniel Craig is suitably snide as the evil Sakharine but it is Andy Serkis who triumphs as the bileous, swaggering, perpetually pie-eyed Captain Haddock. If motion capture is a new and distinct performance art then Serkis is surely its king. Also stealing the show is Snowy, who is both a triumph of animation and brilliant on-screen dog. Make no mistake, The Adventures of Tintin will neither reinvent the cinematic wheel nor did it bother judges at awards season. It’s really well made, Sunday afternoon entertainment that will entertain kids and amuse their babysitters without fear of causing nightmares. No doubt purists, Tintinophiles, will find a million-and-one holes to poke in the story, character and every The Adventures of Tintin ★★★★★ Directed by: Steven Spielberg Starring: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg

other damn thing but such is always the way with beloved properties like this. For the rest of us it’s a simple pleasure that will, in all likelihood, spark a few sequels in the years to come. About as far from Tintin in tone, budget and sensibility comes Another Earth, a wonderful, wistful science fiction tragi-romance. The feature film debut of American director Mike Cahill, it opens with the world coming to terms with the discovery of another Earth, an apparent replica of our planet that hoves into view one cosmic day and leaves the world wondering what the hell is going on. At the moment of its appearance a young woman Rhonda (Brit Marling), gets distracted while driving home from a party and plows into another car killing its passengers and leaving the driver, John (William Mapother), in a coma. Four years later Rhonda is released from Another Earth ★★★★★ Directed by: Mike Cahill Starring: William Mapother, Brit Marling

jail - her brilliant future studying at MIT a distant memory. She starts working as a janitor and in an effort to exorcise her guilt, begins cleaning for John. Unaware that his new cleaner is the person responsible for the deaths of his son and pregnant wife, the two strike up an awkward friendship as Rhonda struggles to cope with her new life and the ever-present reminder of the alternative life she could have led. There’s probably a movie starring Tom Cruise or Matt Damon going on in the back of Another Earth. It probably involves gritty action, espionage and intense political interplay. You’d imagine something like that would happen if another planet just popped into existence next door to us. Another Earth isn’t that movie. It’s like the film of what happens five hours down the road from where the JJ Abrams film is going on. The sci-fi element exists as a plot point but only heightens the human drama of the story rather than stealing focus from it. Marling and Mapother are wonderful together. Their relationship is doomed from the start but you can’t help but root for the two to somehow, some way overcome the horror that will surly separate them. Shot on a shoestring budget it has the look of a suburban Winter’s Bone to it with the visual effects used sparingly and well. An absorbing, heartbreaking gem there’s little to fault about Another Earth other than its lack of public profile. Not to see it would be the real tragedy.

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Clare Champion


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Erin’s scarf hits the shelves Nicola Corless A WOMAN from South-East Clare was one of three winners of a design competition run by one of the country’s best-known department stores and a website for young designers. Erin McClure from Killaloe was this week named the winner of the scarf design competition, in association with Arnotts, and will see her design produced and sold exclusively in Arnotts. “It is a massive honour to be stocked in Arnotts. Arnotts is a fabulous shop and it is very exciting to see the scarves made and in the shop. It was really exciting to see them in the shops on Tuesday. I have never sold anything commercially. Obviously in college we are always doing designs but I never got to see them for sale, so it is a really big deal,” Erin told The Clare Champion. There were over 100 entrants to the competition through, with only three winners picked. Votes were placed through and the Arnotts Department Store Facebook page. The entrants with the highest number of votes from each of these won. The other two competition winners are young Irish designers Niamh McCartney and Pamela Quinn. Each of the winners won €350 and got their silk scarves stocked in the

famous department store. “I am still in college so I have never won anything like this before. It is brilliant,” Erin said. Twenty-four-year-old Erin is a final-year textiles student in the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin. Her design was inspired by wild gorse flowers and created by combining cloud, sky and floral photography. Niamh is 29 and from Ardee, Louth. She is a freelance women’s wear designer and also attended NCAD from 2004 to 2008. Her design was inspired by bright florals in tropical colours, using an ombre effect to give the feeling of looking at a sunset. Thirty-year-old Pamela from Donnybrook in Dublin is a graduate of textile design from NCAD. After graduating from the college in 2004, Pamela was a designer at well-known textile design studios in London and New York, before working as a design consultant at a trend forecasting agency in Paris. “We wanted to create something more interactive for young and emerging textile designers, whereby they could submit their designs and the winners would see their work produced and sold exclusively in Arnotts. provided the perfect fit for this. “The voting mechanism was very fair, as it was the public who decided on the winners and not a panel of judges. I am thrilled with the

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three winning designs and we are delighted to have the scarves arriving in store this week. I think they will prove to be very popular,” according to Lisa Stanley, accessories buyer for Arnotts. was started by Simon Morgan and Michael Wilson-Wright to give budding young designers a head start in the fashion industry. Knowing how notoriously difficult the fashion industry is to crack for young designers, they realised the wealth of talent that must be out there going to waste. They wanted to create a platform where young designers could earn money and gain exposure, while simultaneously creating a business that would be viable. “We decided to create Beta, a brand born out of idea of bringing the designer and customer together on a single competition-based platform. where the fashion-conscious shopper plays an integral part in the brand’s direction,” Simon commented.

THE saying goes that what you don’t know can’t hurt you but that’s wrong when it comes to cardio machines. What you don’t know about a treadmill, elliptical, stair stepper or stationary bike may not cause you physical pain but it may significantly hinder your fitness and weight-loss goals. It’s time we set the cardio-machine record straight.

Myth #1: The fat-burning programme helps you burn more fat and lose weight

■ Erin McClure from Killaloe with her scarf in Dublin after she was announced as one of the three winners of the Arnotts scarf design competition in association with Betafashion. com. Photograph by Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Ennis milliners make Kerry awards shortlist TWO Ennis milliners were this week named as finalists in the Kerry Fashion Weekend Awards 2012. Sinead Madden, who took up millinery just three months ago, and well-known Galway-based milliner Fiona Mangan both made the illustrious shortlist. Sinead embarked on designing and creating headpieces in January. As a qualified interior designer, creativity has always played centre stage in Sinead’s life. The idea of hat making became an unfound love affair after been introduced by Lina Stein in Oct 2011, when Sinead attended a workshop with the talented creator of the hat worn by Suzanne McGarry, winner of best dressed lady at Galway 2011. According to Sinead, her love of arts and crafts, especially crochet, embroidery and knitting, began as a child with some off her work winning local awards. After leaving school, she went on to study interior design with Rhodec International London and worked in the industry for many years. With interior design work scarce and her love for colour and creativity, Sinead researched courses in millinery and has not looked back. Fiona is one of the fastest growing names in Irish millinery and has been turning heads with her visually captivating

headwear. She set up her label less than two years ago and has been short-listed for three prestigious fashion awards in 2011 and shortlisted for the second year in-a-row for the Fashion Innovation Awards in 2012, which is taking place this month. Fiona has a degree in architecture from DIT Bolton Street, Dublin and practised as an architect for 10 years. With the downturn in the construction industry, she switched her design focus to her life-long passion, fashion. For the most part, Fiona is self trained, although she completed some dress design and millinery tuition. Fiona’s headwear, she says, reflects the modern woman, “the delicate, ethereal female, that is still edgy, strong and unyielding”. Another milliner shortlisted for the awards is Loughrea’s Suzie Mahony. Over the last five years she has created a name for herself both nationally and internationally as the milliner of choice for ladies attending glamorous events, from weddings to race meetings. Suzie’s collections are available in many leading boutiques throughout Ireland and her regular popup shop at House of Fraser in Dundrum has drawn fashionistas nationwide. 2012 saw Suzie showing her collection at Showcase Ireland in the RDS, where she secured international interest in her designs. “We are delighted to report that we received an exceptional number and standard of entries this year. This is testament to the amazing creative designer talent in Ireland today and

People hop on their piece of cardio equipment, run through the programme options and become seduced by the fat-burning programme because they’re looking to lose weight. Who doesn’t want to burn fat? However, what the programme options don’t tell you is that the fat-burning programme was designed to keep your heart rate low, as research over the years has shown that when you’re working at a lower percentage of your maximum heart rate, you burn a higher percentage of fat as fuel. However, as you’re working at a lower intensity, you’re also burning fewer calories. So if you only have 30 minutes to work out, you may only burn 200 calories with a fat-burning programme, while if you were following a more intense interval workout, for example, you might burn 300. As we know, it’s all about calories in versus calories out when it comes to weight loss. It doesn’t matter where those calories burned are coming from, just that you’re burning as many as possible. Action tip: Add interval workouts. Whether they are programmes on the machine or created by you or a trainer, they will always give the most bang for your calorie-burning kick. To set up your own calorie-burning interval workout, simply increase your intensity to a hard pace for 30 seconds, followed by two minutes at an easy pace and repeat for up to 30 minutes. Once you’ve mastered that, try one minute of a hard intensity, followed by two minutes at an easy pace.

Myth #2: The caloriesburned display on the machine is factual It is awesome to see a large number on the calories-burned screen after a hard workout. The truth is that that number is usually inflated. If you think that you burned enough extra calories this morning to eat that cheeseburger for lunch, think again. Even when you enter your gender, weight and age, your estimate could be off by tens to hundreds of calories. In fact, the majority of cardio machine manufacturers test their equipment on big, muscular guys. Because of this, the estimated calorie burn that is programmed into the machine is based on a large man, who burns a lot of calories just breathing. If you’re a female, this is specifically problematic. ■ (Left) Creations by, from left to right, Fiona Mangan, Suzie Mahoney and Sinead Madden. ■ (Above) Sinead Madden.

Action tip: Be cautious about calories burned. On average, most people burn about 100 calories per mile walked or ran. If your cardio machine’s calorie count registers way more than this, then err on the side of calorie caution when planning your meals for the rest of the day. In general, all machines and online calculators offer simple estimates of calories burned, so never take them as fact. A better and more accurate way to estimate your calories burned for any workout is to invest in a good heart rate monitor, which estimates calories burned based on your actual workout intensity.

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■ (Above right) Fiona Mangan.

Photograph by Declan Monaghan

■ (Right) Suzie Mahoney.

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also the ongoing support of IMAGE magazine and Killarney Crystal, as well as the valued exposure given to KFW by the media and the support and goodwill of businesses in Kerry,” a spokesperson for the event said. The winners will be announced at the KFW Fashion Awards at the Pavilion at Ballygarry House Hotel next Thursday.

Taking to the catwalk for playground fundraiser

■ Gerard Murphy, Ella Rose Thickett, Hilda Cusack, Emily Mafiet and Sheila Hogan line up before taking to the catwalk at the WeightWatchers Weigh Out Fashion show at the West County Hotel, in aid of Cahercalla Hospice, Clare Crusaders, Doolin Search And Rescue and The Hope Foundation. The five were among more than 50 WeightWatchers from around the county who modelled on the night. Each of the five was styled in formal wear by show co-ordinator Tess Purcell before taking to the ramp for the show. Ella Rose, Hilda and Emily spoke to The Clare Champion last week about how their lives have been transformed by weight loss. Between them they lost approximately 200lb over the past three years. Models wore pieces from Cornucopia, Pamela Scott, Kymari, An Binsín Luachra, Carraig Donn, County Boutique, Club Dangan, Annette’s Boutique, Joanne’s Fashion House, Design Lodge, Blarney Woolen Mills, Captain Tortue Group and Clarinbridge’s Áil Rúin. Photograph by John Kelly

CLARE followers of fashion will have an opportunity to plan their summer wardrobes when this season’s styles are showcased at a fundraising fashion show in Ennis next week. The event, which is being held at the West County Hotel on Friday, April 13, is in aid of the adventure playground in Labasheeda. The show will feature fashions from boutiques including Willow, Bermay, Ela Maria, The County Boutique, Vermillion, Juniper, Kitty’s Fashions, Boutique BiBi, Kymari, My Boutique Store and Club Dangan, modelled by both professional models and members of the Kilmurry McMahon and Labasheeda community. The models will strut their stuff on the catwalk with their hair styled by Margaret Long and make-up by Sandra Collins, The Beauty Rooms, Shannon. MC on the night will be Nigel Bridge. Seoidín, Natural Beauty by Dee, Louise Brooks Photography, Grace Covers, Shirley Valentine’s and Catriona’s Bakery will have stands on display on the night prior to the show and at the interval, while there will be goodie bags for all attendees. The adventure playground and multi-use games area is planned for construction later in the year at the grounds of the Shannon Gaels GAA pitch in Labasheeda.

It will provide a modern and safe play area for the children of Labasheeda, Kilmurry McMahon, Knock, Tullycrine and surrounding areas. The playground area will incorporate modern equipment. There will be both a junior and senior play area, with all age groups under 12 being catered for. The committee also hopes to provide a multi-use games area, which will allow for football, basketball, hockey and other sports to be played in the same complex. Chairperson of the committee, David Neylon said, “Fundraising has only started and the fashion show is our first major fundraiser. The entire development will cost approx €140,000 and we have to raise €35,000 of that, as we hope to secure Leader funding for the remainder of the costs.” Other fundraisers planned for the playground include an Easter Egg Hunt and sponsored Children’s Walk this Saturday, as well as cake sales at the churches in Kilmurry McMahon and Labasheeda over the next two weekends. Further information on the project and upcoming fundraising events is available at Doors will open for the fashion show at 7pm and the show will begin at 8pm. Tickets are available from Siobhán Shannon at 087 6188263; Tara Whelan at 086 4074412 or from the West County Hotel.

Myth #3: Running or walking on the treadmill is as good as running outside Treadmills allow you to run at a variety of paces and inclines while avoiding any nasty weather. If you’re preparing for a running race or walking event, you need to know that the treadmill does not challenge you as much as doing the same activity outside. In fact, the motion of the treadmill belt actually slightly helps pull your feet back, thereby allowing you to shorten your running and walking stride and put forth less energy. Less energy means fewer calories burned. In addition, the treadmill is set at a totally flat or slight decline, which also makes your run or walk easier than it is in the great outdoors. Therefore, if you’re used to running or walking on the treadmill, you’ll find that you can’t run as fast or as long without becoming winded when you go outside. Action tip: Change your scenery. Once a week, trade your indoor workout for a power walk or jog through your neighbourhood or a park. The change of scenery will help give your body and mind something new to focus on. As your muscles work harder to propel your body, you’ll burn more calories and better gauge your true running or walking speed. If outdoor workouts aren’t an option for you, add an incline to your treadmill to help offset momentum of that treadmill belt.

The Clare Champion


Friday, April 6, 2012


Anti-fracking campaigner TIMES attends world water forum past 100YEARS DISTRESSING FATALITY IN WEST CLARE A SAD accident, unfortunately attended with fatal results, occurred on Tuesday evening at a place called Bogmount, about a half mile distant from Kilrush. A respectable farmer named Daniel Carey was engaged about 5.30 oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock cutting a bench of hay in the haggard near his dwelling, when a top-heavy portion of the rick fell and buried the ill-fated man beneath it, causing almost immediate suffocation. The occurrence was noticed at once but poor Carey was in extremis when extricated from the hay and merely gasped and died in the hands of his friends. Dr John F Counihan and Rev PJ Scanlan, CC, were on the spot in a short space of time but Carey was beyond human aid. He was a comparatively young man, extremely well liked and respected in the country and in town and the greatest sympathy is felt for the widow and four children of the deceased in their sudden and irreparable affliction. Coroner T Lillis, JP, was communicated with on Wednesday but did not deem an inquest necessary. KEPT A PIG IN THE DWELLING AT Kilrush Town Court, Pat Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Dea was summoned at the suit of the Urban Council for keeping a pig in the dwelling. Defendantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Anne Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Dea, nĂŠe Devers, said they had no other place to keep the pig. The chairman â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Are you going to keep it in the house? Defendantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife â&#x20AC;&#x201C; No, I will send it in to my mother until I get a place for it. The chairman â&#x20AC;&#x201C; This prosecution is for your own interest as well as for your neighbourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. The case will be adjourned for a week to have you remove the pig, otherwise you will be fined severely. This concluded the business of the Town Court.


CHARGE OF DRUNKENNESS AGAINST TWO SUB-CONSTABLES AN investigation was held on Thursday last at the Constabulary Barrack, Ennis, into a charge brought by Mr Thomas Crowe JPDE against two sub-constables of Carrahan station, named Wm Henry Myers and Patrick White, for being drunk at Ennis on 14th of February. District Inspector Rodgers, Ennis and District Inspector MacDonald, Sixmilebridge, constituated the court. Mr EJ Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Meehan, solicitor appeared for the accused. It appeared from the evidence that both constables came into Ennis that day on marketing duty and as Mr Crowe was driving into town, he met them near the College Road about 3.15 in the afternoon and according to his evidence and that of his under-coachman, Michael Galvin, the constables were staggering and apparently under the influence of drink. He reported them at the barrack and the following day the Head Constable brought four sub-constables before Mr Crowe at the Clare Club â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the two men charged and the two other from the protection post at Spamcilhill. The identification by Mr Crowe and the coachman was not very clear and on the part of Galvin, there was a clear case of mistaken identity. A civilian named Michael Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien, Lifford, was examined and stated that he saw two policemen passing the College Road about the hour indicated; one of them got a slip; he could not say it was from the effects of liquor. The case for the accused was that at 3 oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock that afternoon both constables were paraded in the barracks before Sergeant of the Guard, who swore they were sober. Maurice Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Halloran of Broadford, testified that he was in the barracks when Myers and White were paraded and they were both perfectly sober and had not the slightest sign of liquor. Acting Sergeant Gibbons gave a similar testimony. Acting Sergeant Dalton testified that he was on duty that evening and met both Myers and White on Spancilhill Road. They were going to their station in Carahan. He had a conversation with Myers and he was perfectly sober and had not the slightest sign of liquor. White was also sober. Constables Harrington and Chestnut fully corroborated the acting sergeant. Sergeant Dowling, who is in charge of the Carahan Barracks, testified that when they arrived at the station, both constables were perfectly sober and hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the slightest sign of drink. The evidence will be submitted to the Inspector General.


THE NEW CONVENT THE following were the rates tendered by the several gentlemen, whose names are mentioned underneath for the building of the new convent; Messrs Ryan and son, ÂŁ2,800; Mr L Torpey, ÂŁ2,400; Mr W Carroll, ÂŁ2,290; Mr E Edwards, ÂŁ2,200; Mssrs McDonnell and son, ÂŁ1,875. The latter firm were declared the contractors.

EMIGRATION WE copy the following from a Dublin paper:- The tide of emigration is fast setting in. This week over two hundred persons from the counties of Limerick and Clare travelled by railway to Cork and Dublin, en route to Liverpool, to take shipping for America. How is this to be accounted for? Surely, trade in this districts must be very low and employment difficult to obtain.

ASSAULT Thomas Power has sworn informations against three men, named Patrick Tobin, Michael Naughton and Thomas Hinchy, before George I Gold Esq., RM for a grievous assault, at Bally Macbery, on the night of 17th March inst. The complaint will be investigated at the next petty sessions for that district.

CORONERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S INQUEST JOHN Gleeson Esq, Coroner County Limerick, held an inquest on Monday, in Limerick, on the body of a young man named William Flanagan, a resident of Newcastle West, who was found drowned on Sunday in the river opposite the entrance to the dock gate. There was no evidence to show how the deceased came by his death and the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts.

ENNISTYMON UNION IN the workhouse, there are 296 inmates, with ÂŁ161 to their credit, and ÂŁ214 outstanding rates. In that of Corofin there are 98 inmates; in Kilrush 294 inmates.

Clare design for campaign logo

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THE controversial process of fracking was a central topic at the recent Alternative World Water Forum (AWWF) in France. The forum is held biannually on a different continent. It is organised by NGO social and environmental groups to examine how the provision of water can remain a right, provided by local authorities and group schemes, rather than a commodity sold by private companies. Fracking was up for discussion at the event as along with a cocktail of 450 chemicals, it uses vast amounts of water to extract gas from the underground rock. Representatives from antifracking groups in Ireland, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Poland, Spain and the United States gathered to exchange their experiences and ideas on how best to prevent this form of gas extraction from being carried out in their respective countries. On behalf of the local action group, Clare Fracking Concerned, and the other Irish groups, Susan Griffin from Ballyea attended the forum. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The presentations from the representatives ranged from the horrifying to the encouraging. The Polish and Americans, countries where fracking has already taken place, spoke of contaminated rivers and drinking water, as well as landscapes scarred by oil wells and wastewater pits. Similar to our

AN Ennis-based printing firm has designed the logo for a national anti-fracking group and two West Clare businessmen have adopted it in support of the campaign. The Keep Ireland Fracking Free (KIFF) network launched the Guaranteed Fracking Free logo, designed by TM Printing Ltd, in order to highlight Irelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position as a country without fracking. KIFF argues that Irelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s green image is worth more than any amount of gas underground and encourages tourism and agri-food businesses to join the campaign and display the logo. Sarah Akamine, from Kilmaley, is a founding member of KIFF and was involved in the development of the logo and campaign. She said the economic argument over potential jobs in a future gas industry misses the bigger picture. The harm caused by hydraulic fracturing to Irelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s green, rural, non-industrial image would cause economic harm to the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tourism and food sectors, she said. David Taylor of TM Printing, who was involved in designing the logo, said the business was happy to lend its support to the campaign. The logo consists of a shamrock circled by the

â&#x2013; Anti-fracking campaigners in France.

situation in Ireland, the French highlighted the fact that the people and local government were neither informed nor consulted by the oil companies or government about proposed fracking in their areas,â&#x20AC;? Susan explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Spanish delegate warned of inaccurate environmental impact studies sponsored by the oilindustry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bulgarian representative told of the ban on fracking in his country, which resulted in

the oil-giant Chevron losing its licence to drill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Consistent pressure by the people and local government on the national government, information campaigns, negotiations, peaceful mass demonstrations, presence outside the Bulgarian parliament resulted in this monumental ban secured in January,â&#x20AC;? Susan added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is up to us to inform ourselves of the potential effects of fracking and to show our

Government that we propose an emphatic yes to clean water and air, yes to our health and that of future generations, yes to agricultural and tourism and a resounding no to fracking,â&#x20AC;? she concluded. A To frack or not to frack? open evening and panel discussion with special guests Lorna Siggins, Irish Times journalist and Tiernan Henry, NUIG will be held in GlĂłr, Ennis on Sunday, April 15 at 7pm.

words â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Guaranteed Fracking Freeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. West Clare businessman Cillian Murphy, who is involved with the Loop Head Tourism Board, said he is joining the campaign because hydraulic fracturing could ruin all the work the community has put into developing tourism in the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re fighting very hard to show Loop Head as a good, nice place to go visit and hydraulic fracturing has been shown to be caustic to the landscape. It does not marry with what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to be here and nationally we have to be careful because once itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no going back,â&#x20AC;? said Cillian. Kevin Heaps, who operates the Purecamping ecocampsite at Querrin, near Kilkee, has also joined the campaign and sees it as an intelligent business decision. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be tentative when it comes to protesting or being against things. But weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re proud of what we have and we see it as a business asset that we are fracking free. We are an eco-campsite so we trade on our clean image,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; he said. The logo is available free to download and the Clare Fracking Concerned group have printed bumper stickers using the logo. For further information on the KIFF logo, email Sarah Akamine at gff.logo@

Cultural night for family learners Reining In art in Kilmallock TALENTS in song, poetry, music and dance were shared by learners and staff of the Clare Family Learning Project during Seachtain na Gaeilge. The project is an arm of the County Adult and Community Education Service of Clare Vocational Education Project. An Irish cultural night in Ennis Adult Education Centre brought together a wide range of people associated with the project. About the same time, research on the project by Mar-

lene Schielpach, a German student of primary education, was presented at an education conference in Clare Education Centre, Ennis. The research found that long-term participants of the Clare Family Learning Project (CFLP) especially value the courses for helping them support their childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education. Next month, CFLP will host Turkish partners for the final meeting and exhibition of Roma Families Learning Comenius Regio Project. It has

been a very successful promotion in engaging Czech and Slovak families living in Ennis in a number of classes. In total, 42 adults are attending a variety of these classes, which range over family music, cookery, health and exercise. Some of these have moved on to more formal learning with workplace education and English language classes. Partner schools on the project report improved attendance by children of parents availing of the classes.

ENNIS artist TomĂĄs Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Maoldomhnaigh has recently opened a new exhibition at The Friarsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Gate Theatre and Arts centre in Kilmallock, County Limerick marking his 19th solo art exhibition in Ire-

land. The exhibition entitled Reining In opened on March 28 and continues to exhibit there until April 30. Reining In catalogues TomĂĄsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enthusiasm for horses and it is this

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Dublinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great street entertainer AROUND the month of March each year we often hear that St Patrick might have been from Wales or England and that his father was a Roman official. What about the poem which tells us that:St Patrick was a gentleman, he came of decent people, In Dublin town he built a Church and uponâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put a steeple; His father was a Callaghan, his mother was a Brady, His aunt was an Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Shaughnessy and his uncle was a Grady. Similarly, while wholesale drunkenness on St Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day is to be deplored maybe we should remember, No wonder that our Irish boys should be so free and frisky, For, St Patrick taught them first the joys of tippling the whiskey: No wonder that the saint himself to taste it should be willing, For his mother kept a shebeen shop in the town of Enniskillen. Some people will tell us that St Patrick never came to County Clare but the same poem says, when talking about him banishing the snakes :Nine hundred thousand vipers blue, he charmed with sweet discourses, And dined on them, at Killaloe, in soups and second courses. Those lines are from the poem St Patrick was a Gentleman composed by a man named Michael Moran, a Dublin street performer of 200 years ago. He was born into a very poor family in the Liberties of Dublin around 1790 and within weeks lost his sight through illness. Moran had a gifted memory for old songs and recitations and often composed his own. He would go around the centre of Dublin in the evenings reciting his poetry and collecting from passers-by. He had a companion to guide him and collect money. Moran was reasonably successful because his friend was known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stonypocketsâ&#x20AC;?. He got this name because he kept the collected

March 15: 1. Catherine Murphy and Danny Liddy; 2. Mary Hogan and Martin Mason; 3. Liam Gavin and Michael Mooney; 4. Kathleen Dinan and Frances McKenna. Kilkee


March 26: 1. Carmel Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor and Mary Fitzgerald; 2. Pauline Madigan and Teresa Lyons; 3. Ann Hogan and Marie McGuire. Killaloe/Ballina

line money in his right-hand pocket and the weight of it caused him to lean over. To counter balance, this he carried stones in his left pocket so that he could stand erect. Moran was never known by his own name but rather as Zozimus, which he got from an Egyptian priest. One of his most famous recitations was the Baptism of St Mary of Egypt composed by a Bishop Coyle of Raphoe. She had been a lady of ill repute, who saw the error of her ways and after repenting for 47 years in the desert was found by Abbott Zozimus, who administered the sacraments to her before she died. Moranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recital of the poem was so well received that he became known as Zozimus. Another of his famous offerings was the Finding of Moses and he also composed poems on contemporary events, such as the election of Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell as Lord Mayor of Dublin. In his later years his health deteriorated and his voice suffered from constant use, which left him in poor circumstances. His great fear was that body snatchers would rob his grave. He arranged that he would be buried in Glasnevin Cemetery because it was the only graveyard in Dublin which had round the clock security to protect against robbers. Michael Moran, better known as Zozimus, one of Dublinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great street entertainers died on April 3, 1845 and was buried in Glasnevin on Palm Sunday, 167 years ago this week. â&#x2013; Michael Torpey

enthusiasm that led to him to sketching, drawing and painting horses in all manner of sporting environments. For further information on the exhibition or for opening hours, visit

March 19: 1. Matt Burke and Joe Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Halloran; 2. Michelle Knight and Bernie Bennett; 3. Raj and Ailicia Kumbhat. The presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prize of Kilrush Bridge Club took place on Sunday, March 25. The president, Michael Liddane, welcomed the record entry and after dinner he and his wife, Mary Geraldine, presented the prizes: 1. Michael Daly and Chris Walsh; 2. Chris Clancy and Maura Han-

nan; 3. Ann Hogan and Leo Harvey; 4. Chris McInerney and Maura Grady; best gross: Ann Young and Mary Walsh. Tulla

March 20: 1. Liam and Anne Nolan; 2. BrĂ­d Hayes and Noreen Doyle; 3. BrĂ­d Minogue and Willie MacNamara. Cratloe

March 28: The competition was an eight table mitchell movement: 1. N/S Mary Keane and Nora Reidy; 2. N/S Yoka Walsh and Vera Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien; 1. E/W Miriam McNamara and Anne Murphy; 2. E/W Mary Frost and Mary Linnane. Fergus

March 15: 1. Margaret Cooney and Catherine Sweeney; 2. Ann McNamara and Ita Cullinane; best gross: Maura Ryan and Paul Mockler; 3. Kitty Quinn and Jackie Moroney.

â&#x2013; Brian Casley, president of Fergus Bridge Club and treasurer Anne Kehoe (right) present a cheque to Mary Moloney, Cahercall Hospice, the proceeds of the Sean Connollly charity night.

Insightful questioning can produce better answers INTERVIEWS are not just about candidates answering questions, they are about candidates asking questions too. Every juncture in an interview is an opportunity to show how your skills, attributes and characteristics meet the employerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs. It is a point we have mentioned here before and we cannot stress it often enough. Therefore, you should use up every minute as effectively as you possibly can. Here are five effective questions to ask the interviewer at the closing stages of the interview. 1. What is the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s policy regarding further training? Follow this up with something along the lines of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a person who likes to get the best possible training to ensure I am abreast of the most efficient ways of doing my job, and

would be very interested in furthering my professional knowledgeâ&#x20AC;?. Here, your depiction of yourself as someone hungry for training is arguably more important than your question. 2. What is the biggest challenge facing your organisation today? You can follow this up with a more specific question regarding the department or sector the prospective job is in and how you would contribute to the organisationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success. If you have done some research, the question will show a real interest that moves beyond the usual 39 hours, health insurance and salary enquiries. 3. What are the main things you are looking for from a candidate going for this role? The job advertisement is a wish list drawn up by either human resources professionals or a man-

ager using exacting language for the purpose of the advertisement. For these reasons, it is a good idea to probe further into what they will actually be expecting, in order to get a feel for the position. From learning more about the position, you get more room to establish yourself as an ideal candidate, as you could reply to the interviewerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s information about the role by highlighting how you have performed similar tasks in previous roles. Getting in deep is always a good idea. 4. Are there opportunities for advancement in the organisation/what is the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s promotional policy? Again this is highlighting your eagerness and enthusiasm. That might be off-putting on a first date but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;green means goâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in an interview situation. This question shows self-belief and determi-

nation, in that if there is room for promotion you will strive to produce quality work in order to be considered. 5. What are the current plans for expansion or cutbacks? In some cases employers hire people to assist in the wind-down of a company. It is imperative that you are equipped with all relevant information before possibly being offered the job. Yet again, this question can be used to illustrate why you are just right for the position. You could follow up this question with â&#x20AC;&#x153;if there is room for expansion or, indeed, cutbacks, I am aware that team work is a necessity when completing tasks through either of these transitions and believe I can ensure quality work when faced with adversity.â&#x20AC;?

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Psychologists’ tips to help 300 ASD children TWO Clare senior psychologists have developed a number of tips to enhance social opportunities for about 300 Clare children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Noirín Buckley and Dr Toby Sachsenmaier from the School Age Disability team at Clare Children’s Services have advised people to always take time to explain what is happening and what is coming next, as children with ASD generally don’t like surprises. They explained that sometimes pictures, as well as words, help children to understand. During games, they noted children with ASD may insist on their own rules because they find the rules of others confusing. “Don’t assume the child is being bossy or bold. Take time to explain the rules of games and help the child wait for his turn. “Eye contact can be uncomfortable or stressful. Don’t assume the child is being rude or not interested just because he does not look at you when you are speaking. “If a child seems to be upset by certain sounds, smells,

textures or levels of activity, try to find out what things trigger distress and help the child avoid these if possible,” they stated. Their advice came after World Autism Awareness Day on Monday, the main aim of which is to raise public awareness of ASD. ASDs are a group of conditions, the most common of which are autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. People with ASD have difficulties with social interaction, communication and imagination. Many have repetitive behaviours. The term ‘spectrum’ is used because autism varies from person to person. Almost half of people with ASD also have a learning disability. About 80% of the 300 Clare children with ASD are male. Some children with ASDs attend their local school, while some attend special schools. Many are active members of their schools and communities, taking part in sports, drama groups and youth clubs. However, the psychologists noted many families find opportunities are restricted for Children with ASD have sigthem and their children benificant problems understandcause their child has ASD.

ing social situations, which often leads them to behave in

Overcome a fear of growing your own food Grow It GIY Yourself with Michael Kelly

I AM not too far removed from the point where I was really daunted by the idea of growing my own food. I was the least green-fingered person in the universe when I started growing my own vegetables about six years ago. Up to that point, my only experience of growing things was with bonsai trees. I went through a phase where I thought they were really cool but they kept just dying on me and I stopped after I had killed about four of them, with a collective age of about 1,500 years. So I totally understand how daunting it can be to take that first step. At events, shows and festivals around Ireland, we do a seed-sowing roadshow, where we have little GIY cardboard cups that we use to get people to sow seeds in. We fill them with potting compost and get people to sow a pea or a broad-bean seed in them and bring it home with them. You would be amazed at how frightened people are of this simple little act of popping a seed in soil. They are scared (like I was) of failure, scared it won’t grow or scared they will feel stupid if it doesn’t work. At GIY, our job is to help people overcome that initial fear, help them to get a quick win and to experience what we call GIY joy – the thrill about a week or two after sowing when a little green seedling pokes its head out of the soil and the even greater thrill when eventually (fingers and other extremities crossed) the plant produces some food. Our big idea for 2012 is a campaign we are calling Operation GIY Nation. The idea is to get families that have never grown anything at all to give it a try. We have designed six really straight forward growing projects that parents and kids can download from our website – one each month for six months starting in April. The idea is

instructions on how to cook it. Don’t forget the stalks are really good – don’t discard them. This quantity will serve four. Ingredients:

450g chard extra virgin olive oil handful freshly chopped herbs, such as rosemary, marjoram or tarragon. Wash the chard carefully and then drain. Chop the stalks off the leaves and cut them into 5cm lengths. Roughly chop the leaves. Cook the stalks in boiling salted water for three to four minutes, then add the leaves and cook for a further two to three minutes. The leaves will be wilted at this point. Drain well and then toss with a little olive oil. Add the herbs, season and serve.

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that we will take people on a journey – starting with a really easy and fun growing project that parents can do with their children and build their level of experience over six months. If people get involved, we promise that by the end of it, they will have produced some food they can eat, which will leave them feeling empowered and healthy, living more sustainably and doing something that really matters. Above all, they will experience GIY joy. To get involved in Operation GIY Nation, visit www.giyireland. com/giynation.

Things to do in April To do

If poor weather in March has hampered your outdoor work, then April is the month to catch up. The key words for April are weeds and slugs. You need to stay on top of them both. Check your early spuds regularly and earthup as required. Water your tunnel or greenhouse. Things can get pretty warm on a nice sunny April day and seedlings will dry out quickly. Sow

Indoors: lettuce, tomato, pepper, chilli-pepper, cucumber, celery, celeriac, basil, leeks, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, parsley, courgette, marrow, globe artichoke, beans, sweet corn and pumpkin. Outdoors: broad bean, onion sets, pea, beetroot, cabbage, spinach, Brussels sprouts, parsnip, spring onion, leek, carrot, radish, broccoli and turnip. Plant out cabbage plants when they are 15/20cm tall into well prepared soil that has been manured. Harvest

Stored fruit and vegetables are likely to be a distant memory at this stage and new crops are only starting to trickle in, which makes April a tricky proposition. The middle of this month might see the first asparagus and the first early spring cabbage. The other two star performers this month are purple sprouting broccoli and rhubarb.

Recipe of the month Simple cooked chard

APRIL is a classic “hungry gap” month for most growers, where we are still waiting patiently for the first of the new season crops to come along and last year’s stores are looking painfully bare. Thankfully, we still have chard. I sowed rows of it last winter for the polytunnel and the little seedlings burst into life in March. It is in good condition for picking now. I’ve always been a little daunted about what to do with chard, until I discovered proper

YOUR recycle bin can often throw up very useful veggie growing companions in the shape of pots, containers, cloches and seed-sowing containers. For example, yogurt pots are great for starting tomato, pepper and aubergine seeds. Poke a few drainage holes in the bottom and they are perfect for the purpose. Egg cartons are eggscellent (teehee) for chitting spuds in but they are also good for seed sowing, as long as you are not sowing things in them that need a large root system. Toilet roll inserts are brilliant to sow in. Pretty much anything can be sown in them and they can be placed directly in the soil then as the insert will rot away. Once you’ve packed away that shopping after your trip to the shop, you’re likely to have all manner of clear plastic punnets, pots and containers. They can act as cloches in that crucial springtime period when seedlings are first put out in the soil. Grow Magazine: The 64-page GIY magazine, GROW is a must-read for anyone interested in growing their own food in 2012. It includes contributions from Joy Larkcom, Fionnuala Fallon, Kitty Scully, Hans Wieland, Darina Allen, Klaus Laitenberger and Joyce Russell. The magazine is available from the website and in newsagents. GIY Munster Gathering: GIY is hosting an afternoon of talks around Growing Food for Beginners and Old Hands. The talks will be led by Kitty Scully from RTÉ’s How to Create a Garden. The event takes place on Sunday, April 15 from 2pm at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island, Cork. The main talk on the day will be entitled Grow Your Way to Five-A-Day, when Kitty Scully will explain how easy and rewarding it is to get started. She will also demonstrate seed sowing and later in the afternoon she will take questions from the audience in an ask the expert session. In addition, talks on gardening pests and diseases and local projects will be introduced. Tickets for the event are available on the door or beforehand from the GIY website. For more information, see or call 051 302191.

GIY activities this month Miltown Malbay GIY meeting (every second Thursday of the month): Thursday, April 12 at 8pm at Resource Centre, Miltown Malbay. GIY Munster Event: Grow Your Way to Five-A-Day with Kitty Scully and local experts on Sunday, April 15 at 2pm at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island, Cork City. Ennis GIY meeting (every third Wednesday of the month): Wednesday, April 18 at 8pm at the Rowantree Hostel, Ennis. GIY East Clare meeting (every last Tuesday of the month): Tuesday, April 24 at 7pm at the Community Garden/Co-op, Main Street, Scariff. Ennistymon GIY meeting (every last Thursday of the month): Thursday, April 26 at 7pm at the Vocational School, Ennistymon. Information: Contact for help setting up further groups of for information on your local group. All dates and locations are subject to change. Check website ( for details.

ways that are difficult for other people to understand. Get-

the strengths and challenges of children with the condition and can help find simple but powerful ways to enhance their lives. Some children with ASDs have no speech, while others have problems with certain aspects of communication, such as reading people’s facial expressions and body language. They may be more sensitive than other children to certain sounds, tastes, lights, smells and other sensations. These things may overwhelm them at times. There are a variety of national and local groups in both the public and private sectors that advocate for and provide services to people with autism and their families in Clare. These include Clare Children’s Services, the HSE, Enable Ireland, Brothers of Charity, the Clare Federation for People with Special Needs, Irish Autism Action, Ennis Voices for Autism (EVA), West Clare Voices for Autism, Clare Crusaders, RehabCare and Surf to Heal. Support and services available include assessment and therapy, respite services, social and sporting opportuniting to know more about ASD ties, and support groups for can help people understand parents.

For more information, see or www. EVA is a free support group for parents of children with any ASD. The groups meets on the first Thursday of each month for an informal chat and occasional guest speaker. New members are particularly welcome. For more information, text your name and the word EVA to 086 8120055 or email the word EVA to This month’s meeting will be held in the Éire Óg clubhouse this Thursday at 7.30pm.

■ Senior clinical psychologists Dr Toby Sachsenmaier and Noirín Buckley (right) with Martin O’Connor, Clare Children’s Services and Mark Stanton, early intervention team. Photograph by John Kelly

Clare visit for Gaeltacht minister MINISTER of State with responsibility for the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley visited Clare recently. He visited Choláiste Uí Chomhraí in Carrigaholt; the Seol Sionna project in Querrin and Kilrush Gaelscoil. He also held meetings with Coiste Forbartha na Gaeltachta at Kilrush Golf Club and local Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann groups in Teach Cheoil, Kilrush and in Cois na hAbhna, Ennis. “Minister McGinley was delighted to have the opportunity to visit Clare and see at first hand for himself the work that is being undertaken by various organisations in the county to promote the use of the Irish language,” Clare Fine Gael TD Pat Breen commented. “He was delighted to meet with the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann groups in Kilrush and Ennis and to speak with the teachers and children at the Gaelscoil in Kilrush. “He also had two very productive meetings with Coiste Forbartha na Gaeltachta in Kilrush and An Clar as Gaeilge in Ennis, when he acknowledged that Clare has an important role to play in advancing the aims of the strategy for the Irish language,” Deputy Breen added.

■ At Minister of State Dinny McGinley’s meeting with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Teach Cheoil Chil Ruis were (back row from left) Paul O’Brien, Vincent O’Halloran, Jim Whelan, Pat Brosnan, Councillor Liam Williams, Councillor Marian McMahon Jones and Michael Nolan; (front row from left) Councillor Gabriel Keating, Kay Clancy, Minister of State Dinny McGinley, Liam Jones and Deputy Pat Breen.

National awards Easter fun from for 10 retailers Shannon Heritage TEN Clare Centra retailers literally cleaned up with prestigious hygiene awards after achieving the highest standards of operational hygiene and food safety in the food sector business. Ryan’s Centra, Lynch’s Centra and Donnellan’s Centra, all Ennis, along with Rodger’s Centra, Scariff and Michael’s Centra, Kildysart were presented with the Supreme National Hygiene Award by Martin Kelleher, managing director, Centra and Irene Collins, managing director, Excellence Ireland. This award identifies and rewards retailers that have performed to a consistently high level over a three-year period. Year-on-year, these entrepreneurial food retailers continue to push the boundaries of excellence. A further five Clare stores – Crowe’s Centra, Sixmilebridge; Jones Centra, Miltown Malbay; Deasy’s Centra, Clarecastle; Johnston’s Centra, Kilmihil and O’Keeffe’s Centra, Tulla Road, Ennis were also presented with the Excellence Ireland National Hygiene and Food Safety Certificate. This certification is independent verification of the huge importance Centra retailers attach to rigorous quality and food safety measures. Commenting at the awards ceremony in Killarney, Mr Kelleher said, “The Centra Quality Awards recognise the dedication and commitment of Centra retailers around Ireland, to delivering the highest standards of hygiene, food safety and quality, in all aspects of their business. “With almost 350 awards and certificates presented, it is clear that the Centra ethos of quality and superior customer service is at the core of our retailers’ businesses. I have seen how our Clare retailers operate on a daily basis and I am delighted to see their hard work in achieving such levels of excellence recognised.”

THE Easter Bunny will give out hundreds of Easter eggs at Shannon Heritage’s Craggaunowen visitor attraction near Quin this Easter Sunday. In addition, Shannon Heritage has also organised an Easter Eggs-travaganza at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park on Easter Monday, when the folk park will come alive with a whole host of Easter characters, activities and celebrations. The festivities kick off at Craggaunowen on Easter Sunday at 1pm when the Easter Bunny makes an appearance. A fun-filled afternoon is planned, with children being offered the opportunity to perfect their bouncing skills on the Craggaunowen bouncing castle, be entertained by a puppet show featuring Easter chickens and bunnies, practise their magic skills at a magic show and enjoy traditional Irish music and story telling. Craggaunowen’s The Living Past Experience tells the story of the arrival of the Celts in Ireland. Visitors can experience how Celts lived, fought, farmed and hunted and will get an opportunity to view the resident wild boar, the Iron Age roadway and ring fort. The Celts were renowned seafarers and St Brendan the Navigator

built a leather-hulled boat and set sail in search of Hy-Brasil, an island he had seen in a vision. A replica of St Brendan’s boat built by Tim Severin, who sailed it to Greenland to prove that Brendan might have in fact discovered America, is on display at Craggaunowen. The Living Past Experience is open as a day visitor attraction from this Saturday for the summer season. The two-day Easter adventure conitinues at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park on Easter Monday from 1pm to 5pm. Over 20 cartoon characters will be on hand to entertain the young and young at heart. There will be activities such as formula fun racing cars, bouncy castles, face painters and balloon making, while jugglers, a stilt walker, a fire eater, magician and puppeteer will be on site to create magical memories. Visitors can also participate in an Easter Bonnet competition, join an Easter parade and journey to the unknown on the Easter Treasure Trail. There will also be a chance to see the new spring arrivals at the park, baby lambs, goats and chicks and meet resident Irish wolfhounds, Fionn and Gráinne, as well as donkeys, pigs, sheep, ponies and other farm animals.

■ Mairéad McGuinness MEP met with representatives of the Clare Local Development Company and South East Cork Area Development at the European Parliament recently on policy reform. The Brussels meeting focused on the reform of the EU’s rural development policy and its potential impact on counties Clare and Cork. At the meeting were, from left, Jack Roche, IRD and former President of ELARD; Elisabeth Kostinger MEP, co-author of the EPP Group’s Rural Development policy; Doirín Graham, chief executive of Clare Local Development Company, Mairéad McGuinness MEP and Ryan Howard of South East Cork Area Development.

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Big demand for beef cows

Limousin Prermier Sale in Roscrea

■ At the recent Limousin prermier sale in Roscrea,

■ John McInerney from Newmarket-on-Fergus re-

Thomas Murphy from Mullagh secured €7,200, the best price for a Clare entry, at the recent Roscrea Limousin premier sale. Hill Top Fortune was sired by Sympa with a Cloughhead Lord dam, Hill Top Champagne. This much admired bull with a five star SBV of €149 met strong bidding before being sold to Kathleen Gowling Ballinakill, County Laois.

ceived €5,500 for his Fieldson Alfy sired Drummin Franc ET. By a Lino sired dam, Moneygold Billie, Franc, who earlier in the day won his class, came to the ring with a five star SBV of €114 and heads to pedigree Monkeypuzzle herd of Walter Wight, Scotland.

Sheep Scholarship launched MACRA na Feirme President, Alan Jagoe, has launched the RDS Sheep Scholarship for Macra members. The Royal Dublin Society has teamed up with Macra na Feirme to identify a suitable candidate for selection. Now in its third year, this award has a total prize fund of €3,000 and strengthens both organisations’ commitment to promoting the professional development of young farmers in Ireland. Speaking at the launch, Mr Jagoe pointed out the scholarship provides the winner with an excellent opportunity to travel abroad and gain valuable insight into production methods on an international level. “The young farmer is then well positioned to progress the sheep enterprise on their farm. Opportunities such as this scholarship are crucial to young farmers who want to refine their skills and expertise.” David Wiggins, RDS Committee of Agriculture chairman and principal of the judging panel said he is looking forward to meeting this year’s entrants. “Young sheep farmers are passionate about the potential in the industry and are eager to learn new production techniques and modern farming methods to improve efficiency and profitability. Last year, the standard of entries was extremely high and we are anticipating that it will be just as good this year,” he noted. The winner of this award will receive an RDS Silver Medal and a grant for €3,000 to undertake international travel for a minimum of six weeks to learn about sheep farming in another country and gain knowledge that will subsequently benefit the individual in Ireland. Applicants can be full-time or part-time sheep farmers or students aspiring to become a sheep farmer. Eligible applicants must be under 35 years of age on the date of application. Application forms are available from and and completed forms should be returned to Dermot Murphy, Macra na Feirme, Irish farm Centre, Bluebell, Dublin 12. Closing date for entries is Friday, April 27.

Results of Milk Quota Trading Scheme THE aggregate results of the twelfth Milk Quota Trading Scheme, which is the second of two that will allocate quota in respect of the 2012/2013 milk quota year, was announced last week. Commenting on the outcome, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said this exchange has been characterised by a return to the level of demand recorded this time last year and down from the significantly higher level of demand in the previous stage, last December. “The volume offered for sale was also up on that offered in the previous stage thereby giving a ratio of a little over 5:1 in demand over supply. The result has been a satisfactory trade, with 86% of all quota offered for sale being taken up by buyers,” he added. Minister Coveney confirmed that a total of 29.3 million litres of milk quota was offered for sale, with 25.3 million litres successfully traded. Of this total, 16.6 million litres was sold on the exchange at prices ranging from eight to 50 cent per litre. The remaining 8.7 million litres was sold through the priority pool at the maximum price of five cents per litre. Referring to the national redistribution mechanism for partially unsold quota that was introduced for the first time last year, the minister confirmed that the mechanism again did not have to be activated. “As was the case in each of the last three exchanges, the level of demand ensured that all of the quota offered at, or slightly above, the market clearing price was sold. No seller was therefore faced with the prospect of selling only part of their quota within their co-op area and so no national redistribution was necessary,” the minister said. He concluded stating details of the next exchange will be announced in September.

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IFA concerned over ‘heavy handed’ approach IFA Animal Health chairman John Waters has labelled the approach by some Department of Agriculture officials towards Veterinary Medicine Suppliers as heavy-handed. He said Department of Agriculture officials are obliged to comply fully with the Charter of Rights when carrying out inspections, whether they are on farms or Veterinary Medicine Supply outlets. “There appears to be a trend where suppliers which are offering competitively-priced veterinary medicines to farmers are the target of these inspections. The minister must ensure that no supplier’s business is impacted negatively as a result of an overzealous application of the inspection system by some of his of-

ficials,” he claimed. The Animal Health chairman added that animal remedies are a significant annual cost for farmers in maintaining high herd health and welfare. “A broad supply base offering competitive rates is vital to ensure farmers keep these costs to a minimum. Any process that has a negative impact on the ability of suppliers to meet the needs of their farmer customers cannot be allowed continue.” He reminded farmers that they are entitled to purchase LM products from any licensed suppliers. In the case of POMs, once they have a valid prescription, farmers can buy from any outlet licensed to stock POMs.


■ Green Belt Managing Director Mossie Ryan portance of forestry to Irelands economy in the short watches as An Taoiseach Enda Kenny cuts at a tree in Mayo. Thinning is important for both the forest and long term, watched here by Minister of State and the local economy. Shane McEntee and Green Belt Managing Director Mossie Ryan.

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Warning on Online mapping facility illegal burning THE online mapping facility on the 2012 iNet, the Agriculture Department’s online application facility for the Single Payment Scheme, has gone live. Minister Simon Coveney noted this will allow farmers or their agents who need to submit maps to the department, to do so through iNet, thereby dispensing with the need to submit paper maps. “But the benefits go beyond this,” he added, “because, by virtue of the maps coming in online, they will also receive the same timely attention that the online applications receive, resulting in greater efficiencies for all concerned”. The minister outlined that when the opening of the 2012 iNet was announced some weeks ago, he indicated it was intended to introduce this facility for the 2012 campaign. “Initially, farmers and their approved agents were attracted to iNet by the fact that it guaranteed immediate, verifiable receipt by my department of their applications and, through the system of in-built validations, significantly reduced the numbers of errors that could be made, thereby ultimately leading to speedier payment. However, the introduction of the online mapping element is a further positive for users of iNet and makes the option even more attractive.” Minister Coveney urged anyone considering availing of the online facility to make enquiries via the website, www.agfood. ie or, alternatively, the dedicated helpdesk at Lo-call 1890 252 118. Concluding, the minister noted that over 54,000 applications were submitted through iNet under the 2011 scheme, representing a cumulative seven-fold increase in the five years the facility has been available.

Avian Flu Incident THE Department of Agriculture has confirmed to the IFA that the Avian Flu incident in Cork is not the virulent H5N1 strain of the virus. IFA president John Bryan said the department has also confirmed that all necessary precautionary measures have been put in place, including a 1km temporary restriction zone and the 100 pheasants of the gun club involved have been slaughtered on a purely precautionary basis. The IFA president requested that poultry growers and their families to be extra vigilant in respect of their bio-security measures.

LANDOWNERS are being reminded that it is illegal to burn vegetation on land at this time of year. The reminder comes from Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Shane McEntee in response to recent reports of illegal burning taking place in South Kerry and elsewhere. Under the Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended) it is illegal to burn growing vegetation on land not then cultivated between March 1 and August 31 in any year. Minister McEntee said “Setting fire to growing vegetation at this time of year is not only an extremely dangerous practice, it is also illegal. The irresponsible and illegal actions of a minority of landowners could lead to the widespread devastation caused by illegal land burning as witnessed during the springs of 2010 and 2011. “Uncontrolled land burning significantly increases the risk of forest fires and, consequently, risks the lives of rural dwellers, their property and their livelihoods. Over the past two years, hundreds of hectares of forestry were destroyed due to illegal and careless land burning, while we continue to count the cost of damage to wildlife and natural

habitats,” he added. The minister called on all rural dwellers, farmers, forest owners, landowners and especially those that own, rent, lease or manage commonage, to unite in their response against the unacceptable behaviour of a small minority of careless people. Regarding the department’s response to the threat in the context of illegal land burning, the Minister warned, “ It is a source of profound concern to me and my officials, that worried citizens in South Kerry and other areas of the south west have already reported instances of illegal scrub burning, in some cases after dark, despite repeated warnings of the consequences highlighted in recent publicity campaigns”. Landowners found guilty of illegal burning are subject to fines or possible imprisonment. Penalties under the department’s Support Payments for Farmers (Single Payment, Disadvantaged Areas) may also be imposed.

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THERE was a fine sale with 871 on offer at Ennis Mart on Thursday last. Trade held very strong, with great demand for beef cows. Bullocks: €400 to €1270 over their weight, 5 Lim 336kgs €1230; 3 Char 480ks €1500; Lim 415kgs €1380; 4 Char 536kgs €1550; 2 Char 627kgs €1825; Lim X 830kgs €2100. Heifers: €400 to €1120 over their weight, Lim 390kgs €1160; 5 Lim 453kgs €1430; 2 Char 495kgs €1400; Sim 580kgs €1700; BBX 660kgs €1710; Char 530kgs €1400. Cull Cows: €200 to €1140 over their weight, BBX 730kgs €1870; Char 995kgs €2070; Lim 810kgs €1550; Lim 745kgs €1580; BBX 640kgs €1365; Char 535kgs €1225. Aged Bulls €500 to €855 over their weight, BBX 915kgs €1770; Fr 715kgs €1370; Lim 1125kgs €1740; Sim 715kgs €1430. There was a fine sale of 1015 cattle with a great demand for heifers at Ennis Mart on Tuesday, March 27. Gain calves met a flying trade and improved by €10 to €14 a head on the week. Continental bull calves made up to €655 and heifers up to €560. Good Fr Bull calves made €200 to €370 and lighter bulls made €140 to €185. Hoggets made €140 or €79 over their weight. Weanling Bulls: €450 to €815 over their weight, 2 Char 297kgs €1000; 3 Lim 260kgs €960; 2 Lim 352kgs €1155; Char 395kgs €1210; Char 465kgs €1280; Lim 405kgs €1205. Weanling Heifers: €400 to €800 over their weight, Char 295kgs €975; Lim 220kgs €895; Lim 380kgs €1180; Char 410kgs €1110; BBX 370kgs €1080; 3 Char 370kgs €1075. Suckler Sale: The weekly dairy and suckler sale on Friday last met a great trade with dairy stock making up to €2040 and suckler cows with calves at foot making up to €2520 and a number of lots exceeding the €2000 bracket. KILRUSH SALE NUMBERS held well with over 350 on offer and trade was exceptionally good at Kilrush Mart sale on Wednesday, March 28. Again a big entry of calves met a great local demand with many of the Fr bulls making €175 to €320. Calves should be three weeks old before being offered for sale. Bulls/Bullocks: 4 Hex 299kgs €945; Char 265kgs €910; Char 350kgs €1090; Her 480kgs €1295; Lim 410kgs €1130; 3 Her 451kgs €1185. Heifers: B Blue 285kgs €960; 2 Char 297kgs €885; 2 Char 340kgs €1015; Char 405kgs €1115; Char 390kgs €1100; Her 420kgs €945. Cull Cows: Fr 650kgs €1200; Char 590kgs €1160; Fr 555kgs €1030; Lim X 610kgs €1170. SCARIFF MART SALE SCARIFF Mart had a big sale on Saturday last with a large entry of calves. Trade was good all round. Fr Bull calves made €160 to €215 and Continental Bulls made up to €390 and heifers up to €440. Bulls/Bullocks €350 to €855 over their weight, Lim 290kgs €960; 2 Lim 307kgs €935; 3 Lim 420kgs €1140; 2 Char 387kgs €1050; 5 Hex 507kgs €1360; Lim 525kgs €1290. Heifers: €300 to €635 over their weight, Hex 265kgs €810; 2 Lim 295kgs €850; 3 Lim 310kgs €895; Lim 440kgs €1075; AA 400kgs €950; 5 Hex 270ks €735. SIXMILEBRIDGE MART TRADE was lively at Sixmilebridge Mart on Saturday last with weanling prices improved. There was good demand from both farmer and exporter and with a u-grade sale coming up on Saturday, the mart expects a good supply of top quality weanlings. Bullocks: 3 LM 440kg €1285, 1 LM 500kg €1550, 4 LM 479kg €1490, 4 HE 440kg €1290, 2 FR 270kg €700, 6 CH 400kg €1310, 1 LM 605kg 41570. Heifers: 1 LM 535kg €1300, 3 LM 363kg €950, 4 CH 431kg €1190, 1 CH 455kg €1245. Weanling Bulls: 1 CH 394kg €1100, 1 BB 382kg €1337, 1 BB 420kg €1210, 4 CH 442kg €1250, 1 CH 376kg €1200, 1 CH 376kg €1200, 1 CH 360kg €1180, 1 BB 452kg €1480. Weanling Heifers: 2 BB 478kg €1200, 2 LM 326kg €880, 2 LM 302kg €875, 2 CH 400kg €1150, 1 CH 360kg €1050. Cows: 1 FR 565kg €970, 1 FR 590kg €1070, 2 CH 640kg €1290, 1 CH 790kg €1670, 1 LM 725kg €1350, 1 FR 515kg €1000, 1CH and BB calf €1810, 1 LM in calf to CH €1710, 1 LM and heifer calf €1680. GORT MART TRADE continues to strengthen from week to week at Gort mart with a clearance sale of suckler cows on March 29. Twenty cows with calves at foot averaged €2,115. Farmers are still active buying stores. Heifers: 2 Lim, 290kgs, €975; 1 Lim, 340kgs, €1,070; 1 Ch, 305kgs, €1,010; 1 BB, 440kgs, €1,230; 1 Ch, 415kgs, €1,170. Bulls: 1 Lim, 285kgs, €950; 1 BB, 425kgs, €1,360; 1 Lim, 340kgs, €1,050; 1 BB, 365kgs, €1,015. Bullocks: 1 Lim, 340kgs, €985; 1 Lim, 345kgs, €1,210; 1 Lim, 395kgs, €1,135; 1 Ch, 375kgs, €1,160. Dry Cows: 1 Lim, 630kgs, €1,240; 1 Lim, 690kgs, €1,260; 1 Ch, 665kgs, €1,445; 1 Fr, 695kgs, €1,260; 1 Ch, 715kgs, €1,360; 1 Ch, 680kgs, €1,615. SHEEP SALE: PRICES continued to hold well at the Gort Mart sale on March 28. A few spring lambs started to appear making over €3 per kilo. Hoggets: €106 - €145. Cast Ewes: €70 - €130. Ewes and Lambs: €166 - €257.

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12 seasonal jobs as lighthouse reopens

LOOP Head Lighthouse will reopen to the public during the June Bank Holiday Weekend for a 12-week period. Clare County Council, along with Shannon Development, Loop Head Tourism and the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL), said the extended opening follows a successful trial scheme in 2011, which resulted in an estimated 17,000 people visiting the landmark building. The council also confirmed that applications are being invited for 12 seasonal jobs. Successful applicants will be responsible for greeting visitors to the 19th century lighthouse, providing visitor information and tours of the building, access control and general maintenance at the site. The positions are being advertised this week. Loop Head Lighthouse, located at the mouth of the Shannon Estuary, is rich in maritime heritage with its origins dating

back to the 1670s. The existing tower-style lighthouse was constructed in 1854 and was operated and maintained by a keeper, who lived within the lighthouse compound. In January 1991, the lighthouse was converted to automatic operation and is in the care of an attendant and monitored by the CIL. Consultants were appointed earlier this year to research, design and implement an exhibition and interpretation plan to further expand the tourism offering at the lighthouse. It is anticipated that the project will be completed in time for the reopening of the lighthouse in June. “The successful trial opening of Loop Head Lighthouse is a good example of how regional development agencies and community organisations can collaborate on tourism projects,” Mayor of Clare Pat Hayes commented. “It is estimated that the opening of

the lighthouse was worth approximately €400,000 to the local economy during the trial period. I have every confidence that the summer 2012 opening will be equally as successful and beneficial for the wider West Clare area,” he added. Barbara Faulkner, chair of the Clare Tourism Forum, said she welcomed any efforts made to help Clare maintain and grow a competitive advantage in tourism terms. “The opening of the lighthouse to the public has attracted national and international media attention, which has helped to raise the profile of one of Ireland’s most scenic locations. I have no doubt that this project will serve as a catalyst for the further development of the Loop Head peninsula and, indeed, the wider Clare tourism sector,” Ms. Faulkner stated. Visit or ■ Loop Head Lighthouse will reopen during the June Bank Holiday weekend. for more information.

Tractor run ready for the off A FUNDRAISING tractor run, supporting The Declan O’Shea Trust, will be held in Kilmihil on Sunday. Declan, who turned 36 in January, was seriously injured in an accident last October in Faro, Portugal. He underwent an operation on his spine in Portugal and then spent a month in the spinal injuries unit of the Mater Hospital in Dublin. He has been receiving treatment at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire since last December. A Kilmihil footballer, mechanic and part-time farmer, who completed his Green Cert, Declan is well known throughout West Clare. Organisers are keen to stress that Sunday’s tractor run is not confined to vintage ■ Anthony Daly, Dublin hurling manager and former Clare hurler, with Paul Halvey, Eamon Downes and Gareth Quintractors. Therefore, anylivan, organisers, at the launch of the tractor run, which takes place on Easter Sunday. Photograph by Declan Monaghan body with access to any type

of tractor, whatever its age, is welcome to attend. Registration will be at 12noon at Kilmihil GAA field, while the tractor run is due to depart Declan O’Shea’s native village at 1pm. Organisers are confident the event will be supported by local communities, as well as the Kilmihil parish. The route will wind out the Cree road before culminating back in the GAA field. Following the tractor run, Alan Kelly will provide entertainment in Declan McNamara’s pub from 4pm. Meanwhile, a motorbike run in aid of the Declan O’Shea Fund will also be held on Easter Sunday. The run will leave the One Mile Inn in Ennis at 12.30pm and travel to Kilmihil. Further information is available from Clive Kelly on 087 2196988.

Town manager steps down Remembering Tom Carey KILKEE town manager Nora Kaye stepped down from that post at Monday’s meeting of Kilkee Town Council. Ms Kaye told the meeting she was stepping down with immediate effect and will be replaced by Anne Haugh, currently of Kerry County Council. Ms Haugh will assume her new role with Clare County Council, including that of Kilkee town manager, on Monday, April 16. All nine Kilkee town councillors paid tribute to Ms Kaye at the meeting, acknowledging that while they may not have agreed with all of her decisions, they respected her

work. “I wish you all well going forward,” the outgoing town manager commented. Ms Kaye succeeded David Timlin in the post and amongst the highlights of her time as town manager was the re-opening of the extensively refurbished town library. However, there have been controversies during her tenure at the helm, including the decision to remove the diving boards at the West End in Kilkee and repairs to the Cliff Walk late last year, which were met with stringent criticism at town council meetings.

A COMMEMORATIVE weekend, in memory of well-known musician, Tom Carey, who died on April 13, 2010, will be held in Cree village on the weekend of April 13 to 15. Tom was from Leitrim, Kilmihil. The weekend will begin with Tom’s anniversary mass in St Michael’s Church, Kilmihil at 7pm, followed by tunes at his graveside in Leitrim Cemetery. The official opening by Harry Hughes will be in Walsh’s Bar in Cree at 9pm. This will be followed by music sessions in both Walsh’s and Flynn’s bars. The highlight of the weekend will be a special concert on Saturday with friends of Tom’s, which will be held in Cree Hall at 7.30pm. This will be followed by sessions in

both pubs. Joan Hanrahan will be the Master of Ceremonies at the concert and some of the acts will include Sharon and Ray O’Leary, Josephine Marsh, Therese McInerney, Orla Harrington, Katie O’Sullivan, Murt Collins, John Joe Tuttle, Joe Lineen and Joe Searson. On Sunday there will be a music session and competition for young musicians in the marquee at Walsh’s Bar. The winner will receive the Tom Carey Young Musician Award and will be presented with a scholarship to Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, together with a perpetual trophy presented by his family. All musicians, singers and dancers will be welcome throughout the weekend. All proceeds will go to West Clare Cancer Fund.

Youth Talk on the air

FOLLOWING recent training programmes held for young people at Raidió Corca Baiscinn (RCB), a team of volunteers have developed a new programme that will start broadcasting next Wednesday at 6pm. The series, called Youth Talk, is a weekly programme taking a look at issues affecting young people. They will be talking about matters relating to teenagers and young people, male and female, from alcohol consumption and celebrity influences on behaviour to exploring fashion and random facts and statistics. The programme will be interspersed with music.

The Youth Talk team includes Sinéad Naughton, Gabriella Todd, Sheridan Todd, Saoirse Maher and Tyler Donegan, with Emma Naughton driving the sound desk. The younger volunteers working on the project came up with the concept for the programme during their training, carrying out research and are now presenting, editing and producing. Following next week’s broadcast, the series will continue weekly at 6pm on Wednesdays. RCB broadcasts on 94.8fm, from 2pm to 9pm, Monday to Friday and from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

THE West Clare Cycling Club will run a Sprocket Rocket programme from Monday, April 16 at the Kilrush Creek Marina from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Sprocket Rocket is a foundation cycling skills programme, run over a 13-week period, developed by Cycling Ireland for children primarily aged seven to 12-years-old but it can be used for anyone of any age. Sprocket Rocket puts the emphasis back on the fun element of cycling, which keeps young riders interested in the sport and also helps them develop skills faster. The programme gives young riders the opportunity to develop

skills at their own pace to be able to complete skill tests at three levels of difficulty for each basic skill. Children who wish to take part in the Sprocket Rocket programme will be required to complete a membership form before starting the course. Each rider will receive membership of Cycling Ireland, a Sprocket Rocket log book and t-shirt. Cycling helmets must be worn by all participating children. For further information, check the West Clare Cycling Club Facebook page or contact Paul Edson at 086 7726790.

Mr and Mrs Competition A MR and Mrs Competition will be held in Keating’s Bar, Kilbaha this weekend to raise funds for the playground project. Local couples will be putting

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Kilrush commemorates 1916 Easter Rising KILRUSH Town Council will honour the memory of the 1916 Easter Rising leaders on Easter Sunday with the holding of a commemorative ceremony outside the Town Hall at 1pm. Colie Sweeney, chairman of the local commemoration committee, will welcome the attendance, who will include a colour party from the local ‘A’ Company of the 32nd Infantry

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urday. Kilrush play Doonbeg in Kilrush in Round 3 at 6pm on Friday.

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THE West Clare Family Resource Centre in Kilrush is looking for volunteers to help tutor a computer class for older people on a oneto-one basis. They are looking for a commitment of one and a half hours over an eight-week period. Anyone with spare time and a good knowledge of Microsoft Office, internet and email, with good communication skills, can contact Eliza or Alacoque on 065 9052173.

DIVINE Mercy Sunday will take place on April 15 in St Senan’s Church. Confessions will be heard from 2pm to 2.30pm, followed by rosary, prayers, Stations of the Cross and Benediction.

Tea party

Mullagh Entire returns to the stage HAVING had to postpone their presentation of Pretend Sick by Michael J Gineally, due to unforeseen circumstances in February, Mullagh Entire Drama Group will take to the stage of their local hall on the weekend of April 14 and 15. The production will also be staged on Saturday, April 21 with half the proceeds from that evening going to Seeking Vision, a charity that helps the visually impaired. The proceeds will be split with the Kilmurry Ibrickane Parish De-

velopment Fund. Most of the action takes place in Katie’s living room. Katie is the mother of Mary and Sean and is a manipulative and cunning woman. Katie pretends to be sick in a bid to keep Mary at home. Mary is dominated by her mother but might cope with this if only Martin, whom she is courting, was more spontaneous and less of a wimp. Sean is rough and self-centred, yet molly-coddled by both Mary and his mother. Matt the English tourist, in con-

trast to Martin, is educated, confident and likeable but complicates the lives of Sean and Mary. Colour and fun are added in the form of newlyweds Tracey and Jack, who live next door. More excitement is thrown in when Sean brings home his drinking friends, Joe and Mick, along with two friendly ladies, Marion and Samantha. Doors will open at 7.30pm each evening, with the curtain going up at 8pm.

Battallion of the defence forces. The keynote speaker will be Deputy Timmy Dooley, while Mayor of Kilrush Ian Lynch will lay a commemoration wreath. Poems from the 1916 leaders will be read, as well as the 1916 Proclamation in Irish and English. The ceremony will conclude at 1.30pm with the playing of Amhrán na bhFiann.

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Divine Mercy Sunday

■ Patrick O’Loughlin as Joe, Thomas Pender as Mick and Mary Kate Clancy as Sandra in rehearsals for the Mullagh Entire Drama Group’s production of Pretend Sick. Photograph by John Kelly

their knowledge of each other to the test on Easter Sunday at 9pm, overseen by MC on the night, John Carey. There will be finger food and a prize for best dressed.


A FUNDRAISING 10km walk, dog show and Easter bonnet competition will be held on Easter Monday in aid of Kilrush Rugby Club and Burrane National School. The walking route will be from the Colleen Bawn shop in Killimer, starting at 2pm. The dog show and Easter bonnet parade will start at 4pm.

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THE April Tea Dance will be hosted by the West Clare Family Resource Centre at Cooraclare Community Hall from 3pm to 6pm on Sunday, April 22. Music will be provided by Patsy Downes. Contact Eliza on 065 905 2173 for information on available transport.

Soccer fixture KILRUSH Rangers will play Rhine Rovers on Wednesday at 6.45pm at Lees Road in the First Division League.

Cusack Cup KILRUSH were beaten 2-10 to 1-7 by Éire Óg in Round 2 of the Cusack Cup last Sat-

Volunteers needed

Walk for Life THE West Clare Kidney Group walk for life, from Kilrush to Cooraclare, will be held on Sunday, May 6.

VEC courses CLARE VEC is offering short courses in beginners computers, internet skills, basic sewing, woodwork and basket making in Kilrush. Contact Kala on 9052131 for more details.

Fundraising quiz A TABLE quiz will be held in the Haven Arms at 8.30pm on Thursday in aid of Gaelscoil Uí Chomhín with teams of four.

Baptismal course THE next baptismal course will be held on Thursday, May 3 at 8.30pm in Kilrush Community Centre. To book a place, contact Kilrush parish office on 9051093.

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Blake’s Corner conservation being put before safety A NORTH Clare councillor has claimed that “conservation and heritage are being put before health and safety” at Blake’s Corner in Ennistymon. Councillor Bill Slattery from Lahinch submitted a notice of motion at a recent meeting of Ennistymon Electoral Area representatives calling for the steps at the listed buildings to be backfilled on the grounds of public safety. “In light of continuing delays and serious safety concerns at Blake’s Corner, Ennisytmon,” the Fine Gael councillor requested “the senior executive engineer to back fill the steps bringing them to road surface level and remove the two sidewalls at Blake’s and Linnane’s to protect the safety of both motorists and pedestrians.” In a written reply, Senior Executive Engineer, Ennistymon Area Office, Stephen Lahiffe confirmed “it has always been the intention of Clare County Council to provide a roundabout, public footpath and pedestrian crossings at Blake’s Corner. This is the only way to minimise the risk to motorists and pedestrians alike. Until this is achieved the risk to pedestrians and vehicular traffic cannot be fully addressed.” He went on to state, “Clare County Council agree that the filling in of the steps may reduce the risk to vehicular and pedestrian traffic and it is our intention to do so. However, the removal of the wall may create a further hazard to pedestrian traffic. Coupled with that Blake’s and Linnane’s are listed buildings and any works around them cannot impact on them structurally. Great care has to be taken that the surface water generated by the development is directed to the river and not allowed to enter the premises.” At the meeting Councillor Slattery said he was dissatisfied with this response. “At the moment truck and bus drivers, if they are turning to Lahinch, must break the law and

■ Councillor Bill Slattery.

cross the white line,” he claimed. Councillor Slattery argued that backfilling the steps “would really help motorists, pedestrians and children crossing the bridge”. “Common sense should prevail,” the Lahinch man added. Councillor Slattery’s ire was further raised this week when another car left the road at the corner. He accused the council of “dragging its feet on the issue” and expressed his dissatisfaction that people in North Clare would not have the opportunity to have their say on the future of the corner. At the January meeting of North Clare councillors, the county’s senior engineer stated that an Environmental Impact Statement was being produced and that a decision in relation to the buildings would be made by An Bord Plean la. This means a Part 8 planning application will not now be made. “I think it is an absolute disgrace that the people of North Clare will not get to make submissions on this. When the EIS is prepared at a cost of €100,000 it goes straight to An Bord Pleanala. The people of North Clare, and the people of Ennisytmon in particular, whose children have to cross the road at this very dangerous junction for the foreseeable future, cannot make submissions in relation to the future of the corner. It looks very unfair,” he continued. Save Ennistymon’s Heritage, a lobby group campaigning for the retention of the buildings, previously expressed its members’ satisfaction at An Bord Pleanala’s involvement. “This means that the decision on the future of the corner has been taken out of the hands of Clare County Council and is now in the hands of an independent public body and our fellow citizens,” commented group member Denis Vaughan. At the North Clare council meeting, responding to Councillor Slattery’s motion, Mr Lahiffe reiterated that “the only real solution, the only safe solution is to construct a public footpath that is included in the planning permission.” He noted that filling the gap between the road and the buildings may help in the short term but cautioned “by rectifying one problem we cannot create another”. “These are listed buildings. You cannot put a force up against this building. If you infill it, the weight from trucks and buses passing will put force against the walls of the building that may damage them,” Mr Lahiffe said. He added that raising the road “could cause drainage issues” and lead to water going from the road to the river, through the buildings. Councillor Slattery stated that a permanent solution would “not happen for two years, I am asking as a temporary measure that we fill the hole.” Ruan councillor Joe Arkins questioned whether loose fill like gravel, might work as a temporary situation. “We agree that putting something there would help, and if we can get a proper solution we will do it but only a solution that would not damage the buildings,” Mr Lahiffe concluded.

Burrenbeo Crafts and grub on show in Doolin litter pick

THE Doolin Craft and Food Fair will celebrate its launch this weekend with Irish music and dancing. The event takes place on Sunday in Hotel Doolin with the fair taking place at the same location every Sunday to the end of September from 10.30am to 3.30pm. The fair is run by a group of five volunteers who “endeavour to make your visit a memorable one, giving you the opportunity to take home a piece of Irish craft or sample the tasty home-made breads, cakes, jams and much more”. There are stalls selling a wide range of crafts as well as fresh produce. There are currently two vacant spaces for vendors who wish to join the fair launch on April 8. “Artists, food producers, growers, crafters are all welcome to apply to join us at the prime location in Hotel Doolin. Doolin is renowned for its traditional music and thriving tourist industry, and with a positive outlook for this season, Hotel Doolin is the perfect location,” organisers say. Anyone interested in joining this project email to or download the forms from the website

Michael bids farewell to the council MOY man, Michael O’Connor was the toast of his colleagues in Clare County Council at a function in The Ramblers Rest in Inagh to mark his retirement from the council after 30 years service. Michael commenced work with the local authority in 1979 in the construction of the promenade in Lahinch and after a short break in service, he was re-employed in a permanent post as a general operative in 1983. He worked in the Ennistymon area for 21 years and his last eight years in Miltown Malbay area under the supervision of John Curtin. At the function to mark his retirement, Michael was commended for his outstanding dedication and contribution to Clare County Council.

BOTANIST Stephen Ward will be leading the Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers on Saturday, April 14, in a litter pick along the shore at Black Head as part of An Taisce’s National Spring Clean. Following the collection of litter there will be a short walk looking at local botany and geology. The event is open to everyone but under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. If you would like more details on how to participate in this event or to volunteer for future events please email volunteer@ or phone Burrenbeo Trust on 091 638096. The pickup begins at 10am at Murroghtoohy layby on Black Head. Anyone taking part is asked to bring good walking shoes, waterproofs, a lunch and a mug as tea and coffee will be provided. A reasonable level of fitness is required.

■ Liam Krewer of Poulataggle Tubber, in front of the mural he painted on an outhouse depicting the various components of his parents’ organic farm. Photograph by John Kelly


Sprucing up tourist artery

A SECTION of one of the county’s main tourist routes, is to be strengthened and surface dressed, before the summer it emerged this week. Councillor Richard Nagle recently asked the senior executive engineer to carry out the works on the remaining section of the N67 at Creg, Lahinch. The senior executive engineer in the Ennistymon Area Office confirmed that the work is expected to be completed before the peak tourism season. “The N67 is a National Secondary Route and is maintained by Clare County Council for the National Roads Authority. Funding has been secured in 2012 for the re alignment and upgrade of the remaining piece. “Clare county Council advertised for tenders on e tenders on March 12, 2012 and a contractor will be appointed shortly. It is hoped to have the works substantially completed before the June Bank Holiday,” Stephen Lahiffe answered.

Resurfacing plans for Kilnaboy

Big wave award nomination for Ollie Cian Kearns LAHINCH man Ollie O’Flaherty was last week nominated in the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards. This is an annual event where surfers worldwide vie for the biggest wave of the year. His wave, caught off Mullaghmore Head, County Sligo in March, has been short-listed in the biggest wave category. Ollie started surfing at age four under the tutelage of his uncle, Lahinch surfer Alan Coyne. In the last few years he has pushed hard to reach the forefront of Irish surfing, with photographs of him appearing regularly in Irish and British surf media. On March 8, Ollie rose before dawn to make the drive from Lahinch to county Sligo. “I kinda knew going up that day it was gonna be big, real big,” he explains. What he did not realise was that he would soon be surfing the biggest waves ever ridden in Irish waters. Once waves reach a certain size it becomes impossible to catch them using the conventional paddle-in method: the wave is simply travelling too fast. In these situations, surfers are towed into the waves by means of a jet-ski. This gives them the speed required to catch even the biggest rolling behemoths churned up by Atlantic storms. Ollie and his tow partner, Gabe Davis, warmed up on a few smaller waves before the big one arrived. He describes the moment he re-

■ Steve Lahiffe, senior executive engineer (left), making a presentation to Michael O’Connor to mark his retirement from the council. Also in the photograph is Pat Curtin, general services supervisor with Clare County Council.

leased the tow rope, the moment the surfer effectively cuts their safety line and relies solely on their surfing ability. “I realised it was really big when I looked back as I was being towed in by the jet ski. A lot of stuff went through my mind at that moment such as am I ready, is it worth the risk, but to be honest in the end it was an easy decision to let go of the rope, I have spent too much time over the last couple of years training and waiting for a moment like this, so I let go.”

At this point Ollie was riding along one of the biggest waves ridden anywhere in 2012. As the wave breaks along the underwater reef, its size increases, forcing a surfer to commit to the ride. Ollie’s wave is reckoned to have reached more than 50 foot on the face. For Ollie, standing at the bottom, that made it close to ten times overhead. After the surf, videos and pictures of the session spread through the worldwide surf community. The waves were entered into the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards, the Oscars of

the big wave surfing community. Last week, the shortlist was announced and Ollie was delighted to receive a place in the final five of the biggest wave category, along with an invite to the awards ceremony in California in May. Judges will determine from photographic evidence the official wave height. The winner then receives a $15,000 prize. “It can only be described as humbling to be nominated for such an award,” says Ollie. “It’s something I look at every year in awe and to be part of it now is an incredible feeling.”

WORK will begin later this year on the resurfacing of a road outside Kilnaboy, which has been in poor condition in recent years. Councillor Michael Kelly asked the council to resurface the Elm Vale to Crossard Road at Kilnaboy. A local authority engineer told Councillor Kelly the road would be resurfaced this year. “The L5248 at Elmvale, Kilnaboy is in poor condition following a group water scheme a number of years ago. A 1,700m section is included in the 2012 Roadworks Programme. Work will begin later this year,” the area’s senior executive engineer stated.

Road raising in Kilfenora

CLARE County Council is to consider raising a section of road in the north of the county after it was brought up at a recent meeting. Councillor Joe Arkins asked the area engineer “to raise the Caherminina-Ballykinvarga roadway at Kilfenora [between two named houses] and that permanent drainage pipes be put in place as this area is subject to flooding.” Senior executive engineer, Ennistymon, Stephen Lahiffe responded saying “substantial work was completed on this section of roadway last year to alleviate the flooding.” He added, however, that “Clare County Council will investigate if raising the roadway will have any impact and if so will consider the works for inclusion in next year’s roadwork’s programme.”

Moy flooding prevention

■ Ollie O’Flaherty surfing one of 2012’s biggest waves in Sligo. Photograph by Christian McLeod

Solving signage problems on N67 PROBLEMS with signage on the busy N67 route between South Galway and Miltown Malbay in West Clare look set to be fixed. Clare County Council has confirmed that it has submitted a snag list to the National Roads Authority in relation to problems with signs erected along the road. Councillor Richard Nagle asked the senior executive engineer to review the signage “recently erected along the N67, as some of these signs have been poorly erected and, in some instances, incorrectly located.” In response Stephen Lahiffe, senior executive engineer, explained “The signage upgrade of the N67 from Miltown Malbay to Kilcolgan, Galway was designed and supervised by the National Roads Authority. It was designed in the Regional Design

Office, Tramore, Co. Waterford. The NRA awarded the contract and the NRA supervised the work. Clare County Council has a number of issues with the signage as erected. “We have conducted our own survey of the works and have submitted this to the NRA for their information. A meeting took place on Friday, March 23 between Clare County Counicl and the NRA to address the situation. The meeting included a site visit. However, the contract is a NRA contract and responsibility for its completion lies completely with them. The ongoing maintenance of the signage and all National Road Signage is also the responsibility of the NRA and this works in normally subcontracted out.” Councillor Nagle pointed out that he had been contacted by

a number of people in the electoral area saying “signage is not erected correctly and not giving the information that visitors need”. He said he wanted to see “signs that are not providing the information necessary for tourists rectified.” Michael Hillery pointed out that in some areas walls were taken down to facilitate works erecting signs and not rebuilt. Mr Lahiffe responded to councillors’ concerns saying that the signage was still under warranty and that the Council had submitted a snag list to the NRA in relation to it. He also assured councillors that signs currently in place on the route advising people of the two roads linking Ballyvaughan and the Cliffs of Moher, the main N67 and the coast road.

CLARE County Council is to install a culvert close to Moy Community Centre in an effort to prevent flooding of the road. At a recent meeting of North Clare electoral area representatives, Councillor Michael Hillery requested that a culvert be installed at the location. The local area engineer confirmed that Clare County Council has examined this site and agrees that the existing culvert needs to be replaced. “The damage to the public road is severe and only complete road reconstruction can address the issue. We will require the co operation of a number of landowners to upgrade the existing local drainage network to facilitate the new culvert. The work is urgent and will be included in this year’s road-works programme,” Stephen Lahiffe, senior executive engineer in the area commented.

Lahinch-Liscannor road upgrade

MONEY has been made available for the upgrade of a road between Lahinch and Liscannor it has been confirmed. Councillor Richard Nagle recently asked the senior executive engineer to strengthen and surface dress the R478 from the new bridge to Liscannor village. The local area engineer, Stephen Lahiffe agreed that the road needed an upgrade. “Sections of the roadway have deteriorated and other sections are deficient in width. An allocation of €108,000 is available in 2012 for the upgrade of the R478 at the location,” Mr Lahiffe stated. However, he noted that the work required some land acquisition before it could be carried out. Councillor Nagle urged the council to begin negotiations with the relevant land owners immediately.

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A pathway to improved accessibility GORT is set to be made more accessible next year after Galway County Council confirmed it has been in contact with the National Roads Authority (NRA) about footpaths in the town. Deputy Mayor of Galway County Council Bridie Willers tabled a motion at a recent meeting of the local authority, calling for the town to be made wheelchair accessible. “There don’t have to be complaints about this, anyone who looks can see the problem,” Councillor Willers told The Clare Champion. She said a survey in Gort by a disability

interest group highlighted the shortfall with regard to the state of the footpaths. “There are some new footpaths in the town but others leave an awful lot to be desired. What we take for granted as accessible can be extremely difficult if you are pushing a wheelchair or a buggie or if you are visually impaired or have any mobility difficulty. You will find that lip or edge on a path is a disaster and you can go out on top of your head,” she commented. Councillor Willers asked Galway County Council to “seek funding from the Department of the Environment to

improve footpaths in the town of Gort to make the town wheelchair accessible and if this funding is not forthcoming, that a special allocation is made from the roads programme funding to have this work carried out until such a time that all paths are fully accessible”. “There are many areas within the town where access is very poor or not there at all,” she added. In a written response, county secretary Michael Owens stated local authority staff recently met with the relevant inspector in the NRA regarding proposals of work on the footpaths in Gort.

“It is proposed, providing funding is made available, to carry out a scheme of works there next year, including alterations to the footpath at the post office, at Sullivan’s Hotel, the bus stop and at the AIB bank,” he said. Councillor Willers believes the response is positive. “The NRA have said they will look at doing a bigger stretch of the footpath and that is a good thing but I really want to make sure they do it and that funding is made available. If you look at the state of the footpaths, some of the paths have unravelled. “It is only when you look at how inac-

cessible some of the paths are, when you put yourself in the position of a wheelchair user, that you find out how utterly inadequate the footpaths are. We take accessibility for granted. We don’t think about what it is like for other people. It is not deliberate but even things like cars being parked on the footpath, these are obstructions for a pram or a wheelchair,” she added. Footpaths are not the only difficulty in the town for people with reduced mobility. “There is a serious problem in Gort. It is a heritage town and there are a lot of steps in it. In the area of the post office,

in particular, where a lot of older people have to go to collect their pensions, they congregate in that area and that corner in particular is a death trap,” Councillor Willers said. “For the rest of us too, we are entitled to have footpaths that are not dangerous so that we don’t break our ankles. We need to do more as a community to highlight accessibility. It is a matter of prioritising issues, getting funding and making sure people are aware of the problems faced by others. Accessibility is a fundamental right,” the Fine Gael councillor concluded.

Station model on track for Ennis show Gort population Dan Danaher

IT is a case of full steam ahead for a semi-retired Kinvara-based master chef, who has created a life-like version of the old Gort Railway Station. A real treat is in store for railway enthusiasts, who will surely derive great enjoyment from examining the intricate details crafted by Walter Oberle’s painstaking patience at the second Clare Diecast and Model Show in the West County Hotel, Ennis on Sunday, April 15. Proceeds from the show will go to Clare Crusaders. Show organiser, Brian Kavanagh has described his work as “phenomenal”. Walter moved from Germany to live in Kinvara in 1994, after marrying an Irish woman. His love affair with railway models started at the age of six, when his father gave him the first train set. “This is artistic work. Once you start you don’t stop. I find this hobby very relaxing because it clears your mind. I get great satisfaction from solving a problem. “I still have my trains from 1959, which are running perfectly. You put them on the track and they run. It is not like the new ones. I prefer the German models, which are more detailed and hold their value if you have to sell them. “You need patience. You can’t do a model railway like you serve a meal. If you having difficulty, you give it up and come back and solve the problem the next day,” he said. “You don’t need an engineering background and can learn how to do this yourself with the help of instructions and books. I learned it all by myself. Some people can do it; some people can’t do it. If you want to do what I am doing, it takes a bit of know-how. You learn something new every day. You have to be creative because it can be very expensive to complete,” Walter added. The Gort Railway Station has already been exhibited at a show in Mountbellew, County Galway and Kinvara during the Crinniu the mBád festival last year. It will also be shown for the third time at a show in Wexford, which is regarded as the ‘Olympics for trains modellers’, before the Ennis show.

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■ Walter Oberle of Kinvara with his model of Gort Railway Station from 1890 to 2000 in preparation for the Clare Die Cast and Model Show on Sunday, April 15, with proceeds going to the Clare Crusaders. Photograph by John Kelly

In all his shows he has found girls were fascinated and wanted to trade in their Barbies for the moveable car system, which has lights to stop and start. Apart from a few additions, such as the water tower, the 58-year-old has now created a very impressive model of the old Gort Railway Station from 1890 up to around 2000, when the old station was knocked down. When the 10 modules are joined together, the station extends to nine metres by three in length. The track layout is exactly as it was, while he makes his castings from plaster of paris. Walter has built Burke’s store and a miniature electric car comes up to the station and turns around Burke’s Store. A tractor moves in the farm section, which has a hayshed where hay is unloaded for sheep and cows. He got original plans of the old Gort railway in Dublin and friends sent him photographs of how it looked. In total,

he has examined over 500 photographs of how it looks today to incorporate some new features. Walter completed his own casting for the road and wall and got moss from the gardens around his house. Only the tree is fake. Very intricate eye-catching details, such as the lights, electricity telegraph poles and electricity transformer, are all created with great imagination. In the ‘70 and ‘80s, Gort was famous for its cattle trade. This is reflected in Walter’s miniature farm, with a worker operating a scythe, a farmer’s wife with a pitchfork, a man with a kango hammer and a moveable water crane for filling up the steam engine a little lake nearby. Locals can recognise the footpath down from Burke’s Shop going up to the railway station from the model. “People in Mountbellew told me they could recognise the short cut they had taken down near the station. A man in his 80s said, ‘I walked up there and I can re-

Gold medal haul for Ciara

call it’,” Walter stated. Signals operate from the signal box to direct the old railway coaches with a firstclass carriage, a second-class carriage and a restaurant carriage. The station also includes moveable cars, trains and people. Walter has provided three modules with electric cars that run on batteries and magnets, which will be available for viewing during the show. He was the first model enthusiast in Ireland to incorporate these cars in his layout. Now a few people from the Model Club in Dublin have created something similar. Although the model is largely completed, he explained a model railway is never finished because enthusiasts are always looking to see how they can add new gadgets. Walter’s long-term plans include building a replica of the new Gort Railway Station and the old Ennis Railway Station.

■ Pupils at Gort Community School collected 200 old phones, console games and ink cartridges for the Jack and Jill Foundation. Pupils who donated items were in with a chance to win two laptops, provided by the Jack and Jill foundation. The winners were Colm Whelan and James Nelly. The top five pupils in the school who collected the most phones were also given a small prize by the Green School’s committee in the school. Pictured are Anna Casey-Donoghue with Colm Whelan, school principal, Denis Corry and James Nelly.

GORT’s Ciara Doran took three gold medals and managed five personal bests at the Munster LongCourse Swimming Championships, which took place in UL at the weekend. Ciara, a pupil at Peterswell National School, represented Limerick Swimming Club in the 12 and under section. On Saturday, Ciara competed in the 400m freestyle, 200m backcrawl and 200m butterfly. She won gold in the 400m freestyle in a time of 5.11:65, a personal best of 4.94 seconds. She won bronze in the 200m backcrawl in a time of 2.52:74 and gold in the 200m butterfly in a time of 2.55:42, a personal best of 3.51 seconds. On Sunday, she competed in the 800m freestyle, 400m individual medley and 200 freestyle. She won silver in the 800m freestyle in a time of 10.41:43, a personal best of 20.24 seconds. She won gold in the 400m individual medley in a time of 5.58:72, a personal best of 8.12 seconds and won bronze in the 200m freestyle in a time of 2.30:57, a personal best of 5.02 seconds. Clubs from Connacht and Leinster also took part in the meet. Ciara achieved the qualifying time for the Dave McCullough Competition in the 400m freestyle.

DESPITE a drop in its population of about 4%, the population of Gort has grown by nearly 50% in the last decade, according to CSO figures released this week. Conversely, the statistics also show that large areas of South-East Galway have seen population decreases between 2006 and last year. According to the 2011 Census, the total population in the Gort Electoral Division was 2,671 last year. This represents a population percentage change of -4% or an actual population decrease of 111 people from the 2006 total population of 2,782. “The population of Gort appears to be more or less levelling off. If it stays around that level, you wouldn’t have a worry about the future of the town. Some of the Brazil population did leave in recent years and some of our own people too have left but there is still a reasonable population of Brazilians in Gort,” said Councillor Gerry Finnerty. Since 2001, the area immediately to the east and west of the M18 south of Gort saw population growth of more than 30%, with the town itself seeing a jump in population in the decade of 47.6%. The population in 2002 was 1,809. Between 2006 and 2011, Beagh’s population rose more than 19% to 718, an actual population increase of 115 from the 2006 total population of 603. The nearby Ardamullivan area saw an increase in its population of just under 2% to 587. Killinny, on the Clare border, saw its population jump 7.5% to 429, from 399 in 2006. Recent figures show that Kilbeacanty had a population of 318 last year, showing a percentage change of 11.6% or an actual population change of 33 from the 2006 total population of 285. Ballycahalan’s population hit 222 last year, a rise of 16.8% or an actual population change of 32 from the 2006 total of 190. A large part of South Galway, from Ballycahalan to the county’s eastern border with the River Shannon, saw its population drop by amounts from 2% in Marblehill/Loughatorick to more than 18% in Coos. “I would say the access to the motorway has been responsible for growth in population around the M18. When people were looking for a site in recent years, they might possibly have been looking at the line where the motorway was going to be. Also, the motorway gives greater access to centres of employment, like Shannon and Limerick, so in some cases people wouldn’t have to leave those areas to find work,” Councillor Finnerty commented. “Planning has had a part to play in the changes in population centres in South Galway. If you were driving on the N66 from Loughrea to Gort, to the south of that, planning policy was very strict. It is considered a Special Area of Conservation and was also described as a high scenic area,” he added. Kiltartan’s population rose by 743, just under 11% from five years earlier. Skehanagh, north of Kiltartan on the N18, saw one of the highest percentage increases in the area, with the population rising by 82 people or more than 20% to 477. Ardrahan’s population went up more than 12%, while Castledaly saw an increase in population of just over 18%. The numbers living in Kinvara and the surrounding areas rose by 16.5%, according to the 2011 Census, with the total population standing at 1,351 or a

■ Councillor Gerry Finnerty.

16.5% rise. Doorus saw its population rise to 748 last year, a jump of more than 9% or an actual population change of 64 from the 2006 total population of 684. Areas from Ballinderreen to Kilcolgan to Craughwell saw the number of people living in the areas rise by between 20% and 27%. The population in the Loughrea Urban Area was 5,062 last year showing an increase in population of 11.7%, an actual rise of 530 from the 2006 total population of 4,532. Men make up more than 54% of the population in Rahasane, an area enclosed in the triangle between Ardrahan, Kilcolgan and Craughwell. In Cappard, between the Gort-Loughrea and Gort-Portumna roads, men represent over 56% of the population. Women made up more than half of the population in the area along the M18 from the Clare border to Gort. They also slightly outnumbered men in the area around Kinvara, Skehanagh and Kilcreest. In Loughrea, women represent 51.9% of the population. In the town’s hinterland, they make up just over 52% of the population. The highest percentage increase in vacant homes in South Galway is in Coos on the North-East Clare border. With 21 vacant dwellings, it is deemed to have a vacancy rate of 31.3%. Kilbeacanty, according to the 2011 figures, had 43 empty dwellings on census night. These figures are an aggregate of all vacant houses, flats and holiday homes enumerated within each of the two areas and exclude dwellings where residents were temporarily absent on census night. The vacancy rate in Kilbeacanty has been calculated as being 27.4%. According to Councillor Finnerty, who lives in Kilbeacanty, vacant houses are not a bigger problem in the village than in other areas. “In most parishes in South Galway there would be a number of unoccupied houses, particularly in rural parishes. What we find is that you get a family dying out of a home perhaps. In the boom times, if one member of a family remained in an area, they would build a new house and maybe rent out and refurbish the old home. “What has happened now is that the people are no longer there to rent the houses. Now where the home farmhouse was, it is now generally vacant. The problem with trying to sell those is that often they are not situated in a convenient location because of proximity to farm yards or outhouses or whatever or perhaps they are not particularly easy to access,” Councillor Finnerty speculated.

NEWS IN BRIEF Lesser known genealogy sources IRELAND Reaching Out’s series of five lectures about the heritage and history of South-East Galway, entitled My People, My Place, My Heritage, continues this week. The lecture series includes talks on local history, archaeology, built heritage, genealogy and biodiversity. The fourth lecture given by Ireland Reaching Out genealogist Dr Sinéad Cooney is entitled Lesser Known Genealogy Sources. The talk will offer a glimpse into some of the less well-known sources, such as the Old Age Pensions Act 1908, newspapers and trade directories. The talk will be held at the Loughrea Hotel next Wednesday

at 8pm. There is a fee for registration for the lecture series for nonIRO members. Contact Ireland Reaching Out to register. Email scooney@irelandxo. com or call 091 842013, stating you wish to attend and giving full contact details, including parish and mobile number.

Out Of Order takes to the stage THEe Wild Swan Theatre Company’s production of the comedy Out Of Order is showing in Gort’s Town Hall for four nights from Friday, April 13 to Monday, April 16 from 8pm. Tickets can be collected in McInerney Auctioneers at 091 631078.

Organisers expect the shows to sell out and are encouraging people to book early.

Age-friendly strategy GORT Family Resource Centre is calling on older people in the area to have their say at a workshop to discuss the Galway Age Friendly Strategy. The Galway Age Friendly Alliance, which is hosted by Galway County and City Development Boards, launched its Age-Friendly County and City Initiative in September last year. “We are now running a series of public consultation/active listening workshops and are seeking input and views, which will help to inform the Galway Age-Friendly Strategy

for the City and the County. “The strategy will aim to achieve much valued improvements in quality of life, quality of services and quality of environment for older people living in Galway,” said a spokesperson. “Submissions or observations regarding the development of the Age-Friendly Strategy are also welcome and can be made in writing to the Community, Enterprise and Economic Development Unit, Galway County Council, Prospect Hill, Galway until Thursday, May 31 or via email to,” she continued. The Gort workshop takes place on Tuesday, April 24 at 2pm in the Lady Gregory Hotel. Further information is available from www.

■ Martin O’Toole, Clarinbridge; Jimmy Walsh, Claremorris and Sean Canny, Tuam at the AGM of the Western Region of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland. Photograph by Andrew Downes

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Mary Agatha, Titanic steerage survivor ONE-hundred years ago, a remarkable East Clare woman was rescued from the Titanic and on Sunday, April 15, the 100th anniversary of the day she was rescued by the Carpathia, Mary Agatha Glynn will be commemorated in her own parish in East Clare. Born in Slievanore, a townland about three miles from Flagmount, in February 1893, Mary Agatha Glynn was one of the first steerage passengers to survive Titanic. She was the elder daughter in a family 10 born to Pat Glynn and his wife, Ellen Guilfoyle. Aged 19, Mary Agatha had used a ticket purchased by the Glynn family to board the Titanic at Queenstown, Cobh, Cork and was intending to travel on to her cousin, Mrs D Courtnay, in Capital Hill, Washington. It is not clear what Mary’s connection was with 13 young people from Adergoole in County Mayo or if she was merely sharing cabins with the group but for whatever reasons, the fate of 11 of the group would not end as happily as that of Mary. On April 15, the East Clare parish of Killanena Flagmount, together with the many cousins of the Glynn and Guilfoyle families, will pool their talents to honour the memory of one of their own and the only Clare survivor of the Titanic disaster. The day will begin with the ringing of the Millennium bell, which will be rung 13 times at 9.20am to coincide with the time of Mary’s rescue. A commemorative walk will take place from Flagmount to Slievanore, where it is intend-

ed to plant a tree at the site of the Glynn homestead. This will be followed by some activities at the lakeshore and a special mass at 2pm in Flagmount Church. Following mass, a memorial plaque will be unveiled by a member of the Glynn family and Mayor of Clare, Pat Hayes. Local musicians, dancers, singers and set dancers are invited to join the festivities at the Lough Graney Kids Centre, where members of the public will be able to take the opportunity to view projects on Mary Agatha’s life, together with art and poetry created by local school children. According to local woman Mary Noonan, “The memory of Mary Agatha’s story is still very vivid in the locality and a neighbour, Roger Moroney, can clearly remember his mother speak of the day the initial telegram was delivered to Pat and Ellen Glynn informing them that their eldest daughter had been lost on the ill-fated Titanic. Roger says his grandfather, ploughing in the neighbouring field, untackled the horses there and then to go and support the Glynns in their hour of grief. A wake was held and there was widespread mourning for the young girl. A number of days later, a second telegram arrived imparting the news that Mary, the first steerage passenger to reach Washington, was safe and well,” she said. Days of grief and heartbreak were replaced by indescribable relief and joy after Mary Agatha’s rescue became known and the local community celebrated with

the Glynn family. “It was the best news the small County Clare village could have hoped to hear. Roger tells that some weeks later Ellen Glynn received a letter from her daughter saying she now had her two feet planted on solid ground and here she would stay for the rest of her days. Mary, like many Titanic survivors, would never again sail on any seagoing vessel,” Mary continued. Mary added that records report that Mary Agatha’s testimony to the senate enquiry in the US was cited as one of the clearest and most concise recollections of any of the steerage passengers. It was particularly insightful, as she was one of the few survivors who had first-hand evidence of “the boilers and engines being tested to the last” in order to meet its optimum speed on the night of the fateful disaster on April 14, 1912. Quoting from Mary Agatha’s own personal account of the events leading up to the disaster, she said, “Everybody on the vessel seemed to be interested in the fact that the Titanic was going to make the distance across the Atlantic in record time.” In an extract from Senan Moloney’s book Irish Aboard The Titanic, it states that Mary Agatha’s room was below deck, close to the engine room and earlier in the voyage she had sat below deck for warmth. But on the evening of Sunday, April 14, because of the almost unbearable heat, she and her companions had discarded every excess piece of clothing they could. Ironically, for a number of

sewerage scheme to Frank Enright’s on the Tulla Road. Councillor Scanlan claimed at an Ennis Electoral Area meeting on Monday that a bridge constructed by the Office of Public Works (OPW) wasn’t high enough to take the huge volume of water

during the flooding of the Rhine River in the winter of 2009 and 2010. The Fine Gael councillor said three houses had their septic tanks flooded while two of them had about one foot of water in their houses, making them unusable for

the steerage passengers lucky enough to gain entry to the lifeboats, their scantily clad condition would lead to almost certain death in the subzero conditions of the North Atlantic. To further compound their susceptibility to the elements, many of the young women on

Lifeboat 13 with Mary made torches of parts of their clothing in order to attract the attention of passing boats but to no avail. Seven hours after the Titanic finally plunged into the icy Atlantic, Mary and her exhausted fellow travellers were rescued by the Carpathia. Her cousin, Josie Sheedy, de-

scribes how she came ashore barefoot and wearing only the lightest of nightclothes. It is an incredible story and one that will be shared and recalled next Sunday and all are welcome to join at Loughgraney Kids Corner, where light refreshments will be served after mass.

■ Mary Agatha Glynn, from Slievanore, near Flagmount, was initially reported as being lost onbord the Titanic. However, a number of days later, another telegram arrived stating that she had actually survived.

several months. He asked if the council could extend the public sewerage scheme about 100 yards to take in these three houses. Senior executive engineer Eamon O’Dea told the meeting the council could request the Department of

the Environment to sanction an extension but stressed it would not be approved and would be sent back for inclusion as a group sewerage scheme. Councillor Pat Daly expressed concern about the cost of the group sewerage

scheme for the houses and asked if the council would take another look at the option of extending the public scheme. Mr O’Dea pledged the council would examine this location but couldn’t extend the public sewer, as it hadn’t any means of funding

this work. Director of services, Ger Dollard, said the houses should come together to get an assessment for a group scheme and the council would provide help to try to come up with a solution to the problem.

Planning extension refused CLARE County Council has refused to extend the appropriate period of planning permission for the development of 20 houses in Glendree, Feakle. The extension of planning was sought by Jack Walsh, care of Merriman Solutions, Glendree, and related to the development of 20 houses comprising of 18 four-bedroom houses, two five-bedroom houses, site entrance, connection to the public water main, proprietary waste water treatment unit and soil polishing filter. Planning permission was originally sought in April 2006 and was granted in February 2007, subject to planning conditions. Two further applications for extension of time have been refused for the development for the construction of 20 houses; these were received in November 2011 and May 2011. In assessing the application, the planner, Andrew Hersey, noted that no works have commenced on site and the reasons set out by the applicant for not carrying out the development works within the appropriate period relate to the “collapse of the housing market” and “financial constraints”. The ap-

plicant also set out that works were not carried out due to “the fact that the municipal sewerage treatment facility to which a connection had to be made as per condition two of the planning permissions was not operational until March 2011”. Mr Hersey recommended the extension of the appropriate period be refused as the proposal is not considered to be in compliance with section 42 of the planning and development act 2000 as amended by section 28 of the Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2010. “The proposed development would be inconsistent with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area, having regard to the fact the proposed development would not confirm with the objective CDP 14.12 of the Clare County Development Plan 2011-2017 and the planning system and flood risk management guidelines for planning authorities (November 2009) as issued by the Department of Environment Heritage and Local Government,” he concluded. The council ordered that the application be refused on this basis.\

Coast Road launch from Karen ■ At the Mount Tiede climb on St Patrick’s Day were, front row from left: Gerry Keogh (Kilmihil), Joe Hyde (Limerick), Gerry Gallagher (Shannon) and Sinead Keogh (Kilmihil). Middle row: Anton Devitt (Kilkishen), Gavin O’Reagen (Kilmurry (Sixmilebridge), Noel Cusack (Kildysart) and James Hook (Kilkishen). Back row: Patsy Neville (Kilkishen) and Richard O’Reagen (Kilmurry Sixmilebridge).

St Patrick’s Day volcano climb FIVE people from East Clare were among a hillwalking group of 11 from the LTTS company in Shannon, who climbed to the summit of Mount Tiede in Tenerife on St Patrick’s day. Mount Tiede is the third-largest volcano in Spain and last erupted in 1909. It has a peak height of 12,198 feet above sea level. The group were on the Island of Tenerife for St Patrick’s weekend and left their hotel in Playa De Los Americanos at 5am on St Patrick’s Day to make the

climb. It was a 45mile drive, which was mostly uphill, to the start point of the climb and the group were on the mountain using head torches at 6am in order to view the sunrise over Tenerife National Park at daybreak. It took the climbers five hours to reach the point where a special permit is required to scale the final 500 feet. Here, there is a queuing system in place to promote safety. This point can also be reached by cable car for holi-

daymakers. After a further 45-minute climb, the group made the final trek to the summit. “Here, the terrain was very rocky and the air had a very strong smell of sulphur that was emanating from beneath the rocks. Because of the very high altitude, the air was much thinner than at ground level. The temperature at the top can be as low as minus 20 degrees but on this occasion it was more like zero, with a light snow covering,” Patrick Neville commented.

THE long-awaited solo album The Coast Road, by fiddler and music teacher Karen Ryan will be launched at Peppers Bar, Feakle this Wednesday night. Karen is also foundermember of traditional Irish music group, The London Lasses and Pete Quinn. The event is free and doors open at 8.30pm and will see Karen perform with Pete Quinn on keyboard and Gary Connolly on accordion, both of whom feature on the CD. Karen Ryan lives and breathes traditional Irish music and was born in London to Galway and Mayo parents, where she then fol-

■ Karen Ryan.

lowed a strong Connemara tradition of melodeon players and traditional singers on her mother’s side.

Karen started playing music at the age of nine, taught by the North Leitrim musician Tommy Maguire at the London Irish Centre, where she herself now teaches. It was here that she met lifelong friends and fellow fiddle players Elaine Conwell and Teresa Connolly (née Heanue), with whom she won the U-12 Trio competition at the All-Ireland Fleadh in 1985. Whether as a teacher with Meitheal Cheoil in north London, a workshop leader or an adjudicator both in the UK and overseas, Karen continues to pass on the tradition to both young and old.

Easter commemorations for East Clare freedom fighters THE East Clare Memorial Committee will hold its annual Easter commemorations to mark the contribution made by men and women from East Clare to the fight for Irish freedom in Tuamgraney and Scariff. For decades, the committee has held commemorations in both parishes. Events will be held on Easter Sunday following Tuam-

graney and Scariff masses, which start at 11.30am and 12.00pm. In Scariff, the commemorative wreath will be laid this year by 100-year-old John Michael Tobin, from Laccroe in Feakle, who is the last surviving person to have attended the funeral of the Scariff Martyrs in November 1920. The commemoration in Tuamgraney takes place at the East

CONCERN about the poor condition of the Liscullane and Lahardan road in Tulla have been expressed by a county councillor. Councillor Joe Cooney warned sections of these two roads were in very bad condition, when he raised this issue at a recent Killaloe Electoral Area meeting. The Fine Gael councillor explained there has been a number of minor accidents at these locations and motorists risked damaging their vehicles if they drove too fast because of bumps in the road. The Liscullane Road was described as one of the worst roads in East Clare by Councillor Pat Burke, who noted work carried out on this route didn’t last because of the bog underneath its surface. Councillor Burke stated work needed to be done on thee roads to reduce the danger for motorists. Senior executive engineer, Hugh McGrath confirmed sections of the two roads were due for improvement under the Restorative Improvement Grant scheme in 2013. “It is accepted that settlement has occurred and we will review the need for additional warning signs until we can address the improvements in 2013,” he said.

Clare Pilgrim Way

No new links to Quin Sewerage Scheme CLARE County Council isn’t in a position to extend Quin Sewerage Scheme to take in an extra three houses, a meeting has been told. Councillor Sonny Scanlan has requested the council to investigate the feasibility of extending the public

Fears over roads

Clare Memorial Park, which was officially opened in 1952, in recognition of the East Clare Brigade of the IRA and Cumann na mBan. In Scariff the commemoration will be held at the grave of the four Scariff Martyrs, Michael McMahon, Alphie Rodgers, Martin Gildea and Michael Egan. The commemoration will be addressed this year by the Mayor of

Clare, Pat Hayes. Tomás Mac Conmara of the East Clare Memorial Committee explained the ethos of the committee is to continue to commemorate every year, as opposed to waiting for landmarks. “The East Clare Memorial Committee has held annual commemorations since the 1970s and we will continue to do so. It has

been great to see the increase in commemorations over recent years across the country but it’s noticeable that these usually increase when landmark anniversaries arrive. “We feel the men and women who fought against the British occupation of our country and many who gave up their lives as a result, should be commemorated, irrespective of the year.

In this way, we can build and increase awareness of their struggle and sacrifices,” he said. The East Clare Memorial Committee has prepared a pamphlet to mark the occasion and both events will include a special wreath-laying ceremony, as well as a reading of the Proclamation of Independence.

THE Clare Pilgrim Way has been marking out a pilgrim route linking the ancient monastic sites and the holy places around the perimeter of County Clare and a small section of South Galway since. The group has extended the way to two stages and next month the third stage of the Clare Pilgrim Way launches a route from South Galway through East Clare. The aim is to map a Clarestyle Camino walk, allowing walkers to follow a pilgrim path linking the significant sacred places, especially the great early Christian monastic sites and pilgrim routes in the landscape of County Clare. The first half of the third stage of the Clare Pilgrim Way will be walked for three days from Monday, April 9 to Wednesday, April 11 and will begin in Kilmacduagh. Walkers will then follow a route to Flagmount, halfway to the Holy Island of Inis Cealtra, the island monastic foundation of St Caimin on Lough Derg. A section from Holy Island is planned to take place from May 5 to 7. Stage one of the Clare Pilgrim Way took place in August 2011 with a walk from Molougha, the birthplace of Senan of Scatttery, to Kilfenora, the City of the High Crosses and the site of the 6th century monastic settlement of St Fachtnan. Stage two was completed at the end of October 2011 when those participating walked from Kilfenora to Kilmacduagh in North Clare, the site of the great monastic settlement founded by Colman MacDuagh. Throughout each stage the walkers visited holy wells and other sacred places en route. As part of this new stage through East Clare the route will begin at 10am on Monday, April 9 going from Kilmacduagh to Knockatoo Mount via Shanaglish holy wells, ending at the junction on the Gort/ Crusheen Road, R462 close to the Clare/Galway border. On day two the walk begins at 10am on Tuesday, where the grouping will depart from the Gort-Crusheen road and follow a route through Knockatoo Mount to Killanena via Fahy. Walkers are advised to bring a packed lunch for this walk. On Wednesday, the route will go from Canny’s pub in Killanena onto Flagmount via the East Clare Way route around Lough Graney. A core group will complete this walk but anyone can participate at any point along the way. The walk begins each day at 10am and takes in visits to the ancient sacred sites of each locality, where stories of their significance will be recalled as the group continues walking.

Lighting concerns

ELDERLY people are being left in the dark in Tulla as they leave a local funeral home during winter evenings, Mayor of Clare Pat Hayes has warned. Councillor Hayes has highlighted the need to upgrade the public lighting between Tulla National School and O’Halloran’s shop. “I don’t think this is a suitable candidate for the community lighting scheme. I believe it is a case of an extra light or upgrading the existing lighting. People can’t see anything going to and from the local funeral home,” he said. Senior executive engineer, Hugh McGrath explained the resurfacing the road would increase the level making it safer for pedestrians. Mr McGrath said the council’s contractor would conduct a nighttime lighting survey review. “If extra lighting is needed, we could go with a stronger bulb. Where works involve new infrastructure, this can be advanced by the community under the Community Lighting Scheme, which is 50% funded if approved,” he said.

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St James’s way

The great outdoors

TRAVELLING across Northern Spain, the way of St James, continues to bring pilgrims to James the Great’s Tomb at Santiago de Compostela. This has been going on since medieval times. In excess of 200,000 people make the trek each year. Many locals, including members of the Ballyvaughan/Fanore Walking Club, have completed this pilgrimage too. Presently, local women Madeleine Mahon, Muckinish and her daughter Bláithnaid are on this pilgrimage.

THE great spell of fine weather brought a welcome respite from the classrooms for the junior class of Lahinch National School. During last week the pupils were taken for a walk by their teacher, accompanied by several parents, to Moy woods, just a mile outside Lahinch. The children saw wild flowers come into bloom and a variety of birds. The children also enjoyed a picnic, which was a great treat and was provided by the owner of the woods that the children were exploring.

DAWN MASS THE annual dawn mass will be celebrated this Sunday at 6.15am at Fanore beach car park, weather permitting. Otherwise, it will take place at St Patrick’s Church, Fanore at the same time.

EASTER CEREMONIES EASTER ceremonies in the Ennistymon parish will be celebrated on Holy Thursday in Ennistymon at 8pm, Lahinch at 6.30pm and Clouna at 8.30pm. The Passion of Our Lord on Good Friday will be celebrated in Ennistymon at 3pm with Stations of The Cross in Ennistymon at 7.30pm, Lahinch at 6.30pm and Clouna at 7.30pm. Vigil mass on Easter Saturday is in Ennistymon Church at 10pm with masses on Easter Sunday in Ennistymon at 11am, Clouna at 9.30am and Lahinch at 10am. There will be no vigil mass at Lahinch Church on Saturday night.

EASTER CEREMONIES CEREMONIES over Easter will take place as follows: St John the Baptist, Ballyvaughan: Holy Thursday at 9pm, Good Friday at 12 noon and Holy Saturday at 9pm; St Patrick’s Church, Fanore: Holy Thursday at 7pm, Good Friday at 3pm and Holy Saturday at 7pm. TIDY TOWNS THE annual Geraldine Greene Remembrance cake sale and Irish coffee morning will take place at Greene’s Bar on Easter Sunday after 11.30am mass. All baking and donations will be gratefully accepted. This annual event is a source of much-needed funds for the ■ Diane Rynne as Tracy and Tadhg Barrett as Jack in rehearsals for the Mullagh Entire Drama Group’s production of Tidy Towns. Pretend Sick, which runs on April 14, 15 and 21 in Mullagh Hall. Photograph by John Kelly EASTER MONDAY OUTING IN recent times a gathering of vintage and veteran cars takes place on bank holiday Mondays. Initially set up by local resident Donal Morrissy, it has now taken on a life of its own. Membership continues to grow and the sight of such beautifully turned out cars has become a tourist attraction in the village. The ‘BoBBs’, as they are known locally, will have their next outing on Easter Monday with assembly at Mooney’s Service Station at 11.30am for a noon start. COMMUNITY ALERT LOCAL community alert members are advising householders and others to be on the alert for bogus callers seeking monies for any reason. All such approaches should be reported to Ennistymon Garda Station at 065 7072180. TOURIST SEASON THE tourist season to date is showing a marginal increase over the same period last year. The weather has been excellent and Ballyvaughan and Fanore are becoming extremely popular with outdoor visitors, with walkers and cyclists topping the list. The Aillwee Cave tourist complex continues to be a big attraction for families.


Wedding bells GEARÓID O’Donnell and Marian Meaney were married in Crusheen Church last Saturday. The reception was at the Lady Gregory Hotel in Gort. On Sunday night, the festivities continued in Crusheen with a lively music session attended by a large crowd in the Highway.


Centenarian celebrates in US ESTHER Clay, née Tierney, the daughter of Michael Tierney and Margaret Sullivan-Fennell, was born in Corofin on April 4, 1912. She emigrated to the US at 18 years of age and worked as a nurse in Chicago until well past normal retirement age. This week, Esther celebrated her landmark birthday, in very good health, at The Kenwood of Lake Home in Chicago, where she now resides. Esther is a first-cousin of the late Mary Kennedy of Market Street, Corofin. SONNY RETURNS THE biggest local athletics event of the year will once again take place on Easter Sunday with the running of the Michael ‘Sonny’ Murphy Memorial Road Race, organised by Kilnaboy AC. Hundreds of athletes from all over Ireland and beyond are expected to compete in the 10km competition, while many more fun runners and walkers will contribute to making the occasion colourful and exciting. The race itself will get underway in Kilnaboy at 2pm and will follow the usual route via Poundtown, Ballard, Ballyportry and Corofin village, returning to the finish in Kilnaboy. The 6km walk will commence immediately after the start of the road race. Cystic fibrosis is the charity selected by the organisers to benefit from this year’s event.


Animal cures… Clare style

CAKE SALE EASTER Sunday morning is likely to be a busy time for all but people are asked to spare a few minutes for the school Parents’ Association cake sale, which will be held after mass in the new meeting room behind the church. Hopefully there will be enough cakes donated for the event, NEXT Tuesday night, The Old Kilfarboy ends its current series as well as volunteers to manage it. It is held to raise funds for the of talks with John O’Flaherty, a PhD student from Kerry, who school, something that benefits almost everyone in the parish. has been researching traditional animal cures across Munster over the last few years. The title of his talk is Traditional Animal Cures in Clare which GAA NEWS will take place in The Malbay, The Square, commencing at 8pm THE U-21 side were victorious over Feakle/Killanena at the and all are welcome. weekend in their replay. The U-12 ladies football team did their Throughout the next six months the society will be holding best against Newmarket on Sunday but defeat was their lot on guided walks. the day. STREET PARTY THE recent St Joseph’s Community Alert Street Party for the residents of the Ennis Road and adjoining estates was a great success. It was attended by a big crowd, who all enjoyed an evening of music, chat and treats by the fire. Due in no small measure to the efforts of Noel Hogan and the community alert group, organisers and the committee are appreciative of the efforts of all who helped on the night, particularly Fr Seán Murphy and the community gardaí. THE 40th anniversary of the building of Toonagh Hall was celThis was a wonderful opportunity for new and old residents to ebrated last Thursday night with a lively evening of music, sing- meet, reminisce and get to know one another. ing and dancing. Due to the generosity of the community and those who gave their talents freely on the night, it has ensured EASTER CEREMONIES that funding is now in place for continued work on the upkeep EASTER ceremonies will take place on Holy Thursday with the and upgrading of the hall. Mass of the Lord’s Supper in St Joseph’s Church, Miltown MalNew lighting has been installed and was appreciated on the bay and in St Mary’s Church, Moy at 7.30pm. night. The services of the local Rural Resource Group is in place At 3pm on Good Friday, the Lord’s Passion will be celebrated for another year and it is hoped work can commence on the toi- in both Miltown Malbay and Moy. The Easter vigil will be cellets. ebrated on Saturday in Moy at 8pm and in Miltown Malbay at The hall committee appreciates the support of all who helped 9pm. Dawn mass will be celebrated at 6.30am on Easter Sunday on the night, from preparation of the hall, ensuring all who took morning in Kilfarboy Churchyard and since the mass last year, part had refreshments, donating prizes and giving their time in St Joseph’s Shrine at the churchyard has been upgraded. The old any way. It was a great example of community spirit, goodwill saint’s statue has also been replaced and the new statue will be blessed at the dawn mass. and appreciation of having such a facility in the parish.


Anniversary concert

EASTER CEREMONIES MASS of the Eucharist will be celebrated in Ruan Church at 8pm on Thursday evening, Good Friday’s ceremony in Dysart is at 3pm and Ruan at 8pm. Easter Vigil on Saturday night is in Dysart at 7pm and Ruan at 9pm. This year the dawn mass will be celebrated on the ruins of an old monastic site in Ballymacrogan at 6.30am. This is situated between Ruan village and Nooan Cross on the road to Dysart, in an avenue opposite the Riasc. FIRST HOLY COMMUNION RUAN parish priest Fr Pat O’Neill officiated at First Holy Communion on Saturday when 19 children from Ruan National School were the communicants. Hannah Halpin Fitzpatrick, Fionn Lyons, Thomas O’Halloran, Danny Saunders, Roise Ní Lachclain, Emma Kelly, Kealan Mounsey, Áine Shannon, Jamie Neilan, Katie Duson, Gráinne Wynne, Maria Jones, Molly Parnell, Paul Cusack, Dara Guthrie, Conor Foley, Teresa Marshall, Sarah Quinn and Ylonah Gadd all participated in the readings, bringing up of the gifts and prayers. The Parents’ Association later served refreshments in the school to the children and their families. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ONE of the guests who took part in the concert in Toonagh last week, Aoife Bane, competed at the All-Ireland Dance Championships, which were held in Dublin in February. She has now qualified to dance at the World Championships in Boston next year. APOSTOLIC DISPLAY THE annual display of the local Apostolic Work Society was held in Ruan Community Centre last Sunday. The organisers appreciate the support of all locals and visitors, who contributed to the success of the day. RECENT DEATH THE death has occurred of Nora Leahy, Rathflynn, Maurice’s Mills, aunt of Nora Cullinan, née Custy. Her remains were removed from Kennedy’s Funeral Home to Inagh Church. Burial took place in the adjoining graveyard, following requiem mass.

PARISH ADMINISTRATION RESIDENTS of the area are always very supportive of Trócaire’s charity work and the Lenten contributions can be handed in on Holy Thursday or over the Easter weekend and following days. The parish office will be closed on Good Friday and the Easter collection for the priests of the parish will be taken up next weekend.


On a winning roll THE Allianz-Cumann na mBunscoil sponsored girls and boys seven-a-side football competitions were held last week and resulted in victory for Annagh/Mullagh girls and the Annagh/Scropul boys. There were 24 school teams in the girls competition and Annagh/Mullagh, captained by Caitlin Campbell, qualified out of their group in West Clare. On the day of the finals in Clarecastle, they finished top of their group, met Kilkishen in the final and won on a scoreline of 2-1 to 1-1. The panel was Laura O’Donoghue, Claudia Doohan, Caitlin Campbell, Jackie Johannson, Nicole O’Doherty, Siofra O’Dea, Amy Sexton, Áine Talty, Laura Byrnes, Lucy Flanagan, Catriona Eagan, Rachel Mangan, Aileen Byrnes, Georgina Hornsby, Isabelle Luff, Alice Tubridy, Daisy Court, Julie Ann Byrnes, Emma Coughlan, Jessica Doohan, Áilish Conway, Clara Baker and Sharon Clancy. The team was trained by Dermot Coughlan, Ann Marie Doyle and Connie Sexton. Meanwhile, the boys’ seven-a side football competition was held last Tuesday in Gaelscoil Mhichil Ciosog in Ennis. Annagh/Scopul, trained by Dermot Coughlan, met Lahinch in the final and emerged victorious on a 5-12 to 1-4 scoreline. This is the fourth time that they have won the title in the last 12 years. The side was captained by David Sexton and the other members were Diarmuid King, Daniel Walsh, Dermot Coughlan, Caoilfhionn O’Dea, Zack Whelehan, Damien Lynch, Saul

ALL IRELAND DRAMA THE extremely high standard of productions competing in the open section of the All-Ireland Drama competition was highlighted by the fact that Corofin Dramatic Society’s The Subject Was Roses, although nominated at every festival, was unplaced in any of the final three events of the festival circuit. However, the excellent start, which saw the local group collect two first places and one second in their first three outings was sufficient to ensure that the local group will compete in the All-Ireland finals in Athlone later this month. It is a fantastic achievement to have reached this stage of the competition. NATIONAL PARK OFFICE OPENS THE new visitor information office for the Burren National Park, located at the Clare Heritage Centre genealogy building in Church Street, will open to the public for the first time this weekend, following a complete fit-out of the downstairs section of the building over the winter months. Operated by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the information point will open at the weekend initially and may operate longer opening hours during the summer months. All information pertaining to the Burren National Park can be sourced at the new facility. EASTER CAKE SALE THERE will be an Easter cake sale, face painting and exhibition of all the art from the Schools Easter Art Competition run in Kilnaboy and Corofin National Schools every year. The cake sale will take place on Easter Saturday from 3pm to 6pm in the GAA rooms, Corofin. All proceeds will go to the schools for art supplies. The children’s art will also be on display at The Farmyard, Corofin on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.

EASTER MARKET ORGANISED by The Miltown Malbay Farmers’ Market, there will be a special Easter market in the community hall on the afternoon of Good Friday from 3pm to 6pm. As well as the usual locally-grown fresh vegetable produce and home baking, there will be a book and plant sale in aid of the community garden project. The market is an appetiser for the upcoming season, which will start on Friday, May 4. For more information, contact PRO, Eddy Landzaat on 087 9717704 or chairperson Cora O’Grady on 087 1354192. POLAND PILGRIMAGE THIS year a very interesting pilgrimage to the Shrines of Poland is being organised for seven nights, starting on September 24. Anyone interested in travelling should contact Fr Pat Larkin at 065 787012 or Mary O’Loughlin at 065 7084000. COUNTY FLEADH HOSTS THERE was good news for the town and surrounding areas with the awarding of the county fleadh to Miltown Malbay from June 13 to 17. The local Laichtín Naofa branch of CCE, first formed in 1954, hosted the very first county fleadh in 1957 and it was a memorable occasion. Since then, two other successful county fleadhs have been held in the town. With preparations now underway, the committee has organised a fundraising 5km walk and run for Easter Monday, starting at 12noon. Registration takes place at The Westbridge on Main Street from 11.30am. SCHOOL ENROLMENT SPRAOI Playgroup at Ballard Road is now taking enrolments for the ECCE scheme for September 2012 for their pre-school and Montessori class. The centre is open from 8am to 6pm and is offering an extensive range of services, including créche, toddler group, pre-school, Montessori and after-school care. CCS and CETS are among the certified schemes and for further information contact the office on 7079893 or email Meanwhile, St Joseph’s National School, Miltown Malbay is now accepting enrolments for September 2012. Registration forms are available from the school office on 065 7084414, via email at or to download from the school website at Forms should be returned to the school office.

CAR PARK CHANGES CLARE County Council plans to implement changes to the layout of the promenade car park. A draft plan has been prepared and locals are encouraged to inspect the plans, which will be on display at the Ennistymon Area Office or at the council’s headquarters in Ennis during the month of April.

BENEFIT RUN A FIVE kilometre walk and run in aid of the Sergio O’Connor Trust Fund and Ennistymon Hurling Club will be held on Easter Monday. Registration takes place at the GAA clubhouse from 9.30am to 10.30am and the walk will start at 11am. Refreshments for participants will be served at the clubhouse afterwards and further details are available from 087 2909699.


Easter ceremonies

HOLY Week ceremonies in the parish are Kilnamona Church: 6.30pm on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Saturday; Inagh Church: 8pm on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Saturday; Cloonanaha Church: Holy Thursday at 5pm, Good Friday at 3pm and Easter Sunday at 9am. Mass on Easter Sunday will be in Inagh and Kilnamona at 11am.

DUCK RACE INAGH/KILNAMONA Camogie Club is holding an Easter egg hunt and duck race on Easter Sunday in Inagh car park.

WEDDING BELLS PAMELA Lafferty, Inagh and Oliver Kierse, Kilnamona, were recently married in Inagh, and on the same day in Kildare, Cathal Garvey, Ballyea married Karen Travers from Dublin.

TURF CUTTING THE weather has been so good that nature has come to life early this year. The furze bush and blackthorn are in full bloom and turf cutting is in full swing, which is very early. As land conditions have improved so much and ground temperatures are unusually high, a lot of work that could not be done before this, is now well under way.

ANNUAL CONCERT THERE was tremendous talent at the recent Joe Ryan, Garrett Barry Memorial Concert. The audience was treated to a feast of the best of Irish traditional song, dance and story telling and the icing on the cake was the special guest appearance of Noel Hill, who treated the crowd to concertina music at its best. Flan Garvey made presentations to Frank Custy and Michael Kelliher, who trained the U-14 Gortbofearna All-Ireland Céili band of 40 years ago. He also made a presentation to Liam O’Looney, Inagh, chairman of the Clare Association in Dublin and praised him for so much work on behalf of Clare people for over 30 years.

SCRAP COLLECTION INAGH/KILNAMONA GAA Club’s scrap metal collection will be held this Friday and Saturday. This fundraiser will provide parishioners with an opportunity to finally get rid of items they have been promising to dispose of. Items accepted include any metal, copper, aluminium, cars, wheel rims, bicycles, lawnmowers, back boilers, car/tractor/truck batteries, any old farm machinery and galvanize. Collections can be arranged up to April 7 and further information is available from Brian Barry at 087 7812677, Brian Fitzgerald at 086 8075763, Paddy McGuane at 087 9787912, Oliver Mescall at 086 8319458, Alan Foudy at 087 2077728, Joe Barry at 086 1213717, Gerry Glynn at 086 2720913 or Eugene Cullinan at 086 8237752.


Pray and Play

PLAY and Pray is a community-run programme for children from junior infants to first class. The programme introduces RECENT DEATH children to the mass through play and pray. It will resume this THE death occurred recently of Mary Hurley, Kildimo. She is Easter Sunday in Kilnamona sacristy during 11am mass. survived by family and friends. Due to the increasing numbers, new volunteers are welcome. If interested, contact any member of the group.

Boyd, Adam Burke, Tadhg Flynn, David Montgomery, Mark Murrihy, Flan Cunningham, Seán Sexton, Niall Downes, Conor Sexton, Brendan Sexton, Paul Vaughan and Rhys Cunningham. TREADING THE BOARDS MULLAGH Entire Drama Group will present their three-act comedy Pretend Sick by Michael J Ginnelly in Mullagh Hall on Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15. Doors open at 7.30pm and curtains at 8.30pm sharp. Proceeds from a show on Saturday, April 21 will go towards Seeking Vision and the KIB Parish Development Fund. People looking for a good night of acting and a laugh should come along. POKER CLASSIC KILMURRY Ibrickane Minor GAA Club is promoting a poker classic on Good Friday night at 9pm in Mullagh Hall. Support would be appreciated. ON A BREAK KIB Active Retirement Group are taking a break until Thursday, April 19. Activities will resume in the meeting room, Mullagh Hall with mass and the sacrament of anointing. New members are always welcome. LADIES FOOTBALL KILMURRY Ibrickane U-16 girls romped to a facile victory when they trounced Kilmihil last weekend, winning 12-7 to 1-4. The junior team was also successful, defeating West Clare Gaels by 5-5 to 0-6. Club member Tara Comber is a member of the county U-16 panel in training for the championship.

SCÓR NA bPÁISTÍ CIAN McInerney, Sean and Róisín Clancy won the group music at Scór na bPáistí held in Cois na hAbhna last Sunday. Caitlin McInerney, Michelle Mescall and Kate Hehir came in third place in the quiz.

COMMUNITY PARTY ADULTS of the parish were treated to an evening of music, song, food and refreshments by the Parish Council on Sunday. Everyone was very appreciative of the great effort that the council made in creating a wonderful community event.

DEFIBRILLATOR COLLECTION THE Kilnamona Defibrillator Group will hold a church gate collection this Saturday and Easter Sunday at Kilnamona Church.

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School Fundraiser

Easter Ceremonies

BODYKE National School Parents’ Council is holding a fundraising dance at The Cobblers Rest on Saturday, April 14. Music is by The Red Vixen Band and tickets are available from any parent and support from the community would be greatly appreciated.

ARRANGEMENTS for the Easter Ceremonies in Ogonnelloe have been finalised. In St Molua’s Church, mass will be at 8pm on Holy Thursday, Good Friday at 3pm, Holy Saturday at 7pm and Easter Sunday at 10am. On Good Friday, there will be Stations of the Cross to the Hill Cemetery at 7pm. At the fifth station, there will be a collection for Sister Ethel Normoyle and her work with the underprivileged in MissionVale, South Africa. On Easter Sunday morning, there will be dawn mass as 5.45am at the Two Mile Gate, Ogonnelloe.

EASTER CEREMONIES EASTER ceremonies for the parish will take place in Tuamgraney church on Holy Thursday at 7pm, in Bodyke church on Good Friday at 7pm, in Bodyke church on Holy Saturday at 9pm and in Tuamgraney church on Easter Sunday at 11.30am. On Good Friday there will be Stations of the Cross in Raheen Wood at 3pm and people should gather near the handball alley.

DRAMATIC TIMES THE Sliabh Aughty Drama Group took second place in the confined section in the recent Clare Drama Festival and they now qualify for the All-Ireland finals in Cavan. There was further success for the group when Noel Hogan won the best actor award in the confined section.

MORE SUCCESS THERE was more success for Tuamgraney handballers over the weekend as Derg Community Games won the girls U-15 Munster title. The team was Amy Barrett, Clodagh Nash, Katie Minogue, Aoife Doyle and Ciara Doyle. Clodagh Nash and Doireann Murphy play the All-Ireland U14 doubles final this Sunday in Kilkenny against Armagh. Niall Malone and Diarmaid Nash won the UCD One-Wall Handball Tournament over the weekend when they defeated Stephen Cooney and Niall O’Connor.


KNOCK PILGRIMAGE SUNDAY, April 14 is Divine Mercy Sunday and a bus will leave Bodyke at 9am to travel to Knock. Interested persons should contact Anne Ryan as soon as possible at 061 921594 to book ■ Claire McMahon, Aoife Lynch and Mary Frawley, therapists at the Clare Crusaders Clinic, enjoying a sneak preview a seat. of some of the models, such as this one of Gort Railway Station, which will be on show at the forthcoming Clare Die Cast and Model Show on Sunday, April 15 in the West County Hotel.


Dawn Mass FOR only the second time in recent years, a dawn mass will be celebrated in Quin village on an outdoor site. The ceremony will commence at 6am on Easter Sunday morning.


Mass at dawn in Kilraghtis

HOLY Week ceremonies in the parish begin with mass on Holy GAA MEETING CLOONEY-QUIN Minor GAA Club will hold a general meet- Thursday in Doora and Barefield churches at 8pm and at the ing this Thursday night at 9pm in the complex meeting room. Church of Our Lady in Roslevan at 7pm. Veneration of the cross on Good Friday will be at 3pm in All members are asked to attend. Doora and Barefield and at 6pm in the Church of Our Lady at Roslevan. Vigil mass on Saturday night will be at 7pm again in HURLING ACTION both Doora and Barefield churches and at 9pm in the Church IT’S a busy weekend for Clooney/Quin GAA Club with three of Our Lady in Roslevan. teams in action. Easter Sunday dawn mass will be celebrated in Kilraightis On Friday, the U-21s take on neighbours Crusheen in the B graveyard at 6am, with mass in both Doora and Barefield championship semi-final in Newmarket at 4.30pm. The interme- churches at the normal Sunday times of 10am in Doora and diate hurlers are next in action on Sunday away to Bodyke at 11am in Barefield. 1pm, while the senior side is in Clare Cup action on Monday at home to last year’s county finalists, Sixmilebridge at 2.30pm. CAMOGIE FÉILE DOORA-BAREFIELD U-14 camogie team will be in Féile action this Friday in Gurteen at 11.30am. Their group consists of Clooney-Quin and Inagh-Kilnamona with the top team going forward to the semi-final. The U-13s defeated Éire Óg by 4-1 to 2-1 in their opening game of the championship and this weekend they play host to Scariff-Ogonnelloe on Monday at 5pm. Training for all underage players from six to 12-year-olds is on Wednesdays at 6.30pm and on Sundays at 12 noon. U-14 and U-16 training is on Wednesdays at 7.30pm and on Sundays at 11.30am. All new members are welcome. The intermediate team defeated Corofin in a league game TITANIC survivor and first steerage passenger to reach Washington, Mary Agatha Glynn, will be commemorated in her own last Friday evening on a score of 1-12 to 1-3 and their remainparish in East Clare on Sunday, April 15, exactly 100 years to ing game in the league against Clarecastle will be played this the day since she was rescued by the Carpathia following the weekend. great Titanic disaster. Mary Agatha Glynn was born in Slievanore, a townland about FUNDRAISING WALK three miles from Flagmount, in February 1893, eldest daugh- A FUNDRAISING run and walk , starting and finishing at The ter of Pat Glynn and his wife Ellen Guilfoyle. At the age of 19, Mary, one of 10 children in the Glynn family, purchased a ticket to board the Titanic at Queenstown, Cobh intending to travel on to her cousin Mrs D Courtney in Capital Hill, Washington. On Sunday, April 15, people in the parish of Killanena/ Flagmount, together with the many cousins of the Glynn and Guilfoyle families, will pool their many talents to honour the memory of one of their own and the only Clare survivor of the Titanic disaster. AFTER having led a nomadic sort of lifestyle for the past few The day will begin with the ringing of The Millennium Bell, 13 decades, it seems the local 14th Clare Scout group is about to times, at 9.20am to coincide with the time of Mary’s rescue. put pen to paper on a deal to secure a permanent home. A commemorative walk will take place from Flagmount to Over the past few months, members of the scouting group Slievanore where it is intended to plant a tree at the site of the have been in negotiations with Clare County Council to acquire Glynn homestead. This will be followed by some activities at a long term lease of Station House, at the railway station, for the lakeshore and a special commemorative mass at 2pm in use as a scout den. Flagmount Church. Following mass, a commemorative plaque At last week’s Shannon Local Area Council meeting, councilwill be unveiled by a member of the Glynn family and Mayor of lors unanimously agreed to lease the property, currently lying Clare, Pat Hayes. vacant, to the group for a period of 35 years initially. Provided Local musicians, dancers, singers and set dancers are invited there are no last-minute hitches, transfer of the property will be to join the festivities at the Lough Graney Kids Centre where re- formally ratified at a full meeting of Clare County Council on freshments will be served and an opportunity to view projects on April 16 next. Mary Agatha’s life, together with art and poetry created by the Since it was formed 32 years ago, the scouts have availed of primary school children of the local and surrounding schools, facilities at The Parochial Hall and the national school and a can be viewed. permanent base for the group has been long overdue. However, a spokesperson for the group pointed out that while HURLING ACTION the development is an exciting one, a project of this magnitude KILLANENA–FEAKLE U-21 hurlers play Whitegate in the also brings responsibilities that up to now they didn’t have and semi-final of the C championship this Friday in Scariff while the they felt confident that they would have the support of the comsenior side, back in intermediate ranks, have their first outing of munity going forward. the year in the Clare Cup when they play Ennistymon in Killanena on Easter Monday. FISHING COMPETITION At juvenile level, the U-14 team play Inagh-Kilnamona in the SIXMILEBRIDGE Angling Club is promoting the annual opening round of the A championship. Barry Quinn Memorial competition at Castle Lake on Easter Monday, April 9. Fishing is from 11am to 4.30pm and registraKILLANENA 10K RUN tion is at Pollough Bridge. The presentation of prizes will follow A 10K RUN and walk will be held in Killanena on Easter Mon- the competition. day. Registration is at Canny’s Bar, with the race starting at 2pm. Further details are available from 061 925078. A QUESTION OF COST CLARE County Council is to examine the cost of improving RECENT DEATH the lighting on the footpath from the Killeen cemetery on the THE death took place last week of Margaret Keehan, Foxtail Limerick Road to The Square. Hill, Gort. There was a large attendance at the removal of her At the March meeting of Shannon Area Council, Councillor remains from Dolan’s Funeral Home to Shanaglish Church. Fol- John Crowe put forward a motion on the matter. He claimed lowing requiem mass, burial took place in the local cemetery. that there is a section of the pathway which is very dark and She is survived by her family, relatives, friends and neighbours that a pole is already in place which would be suitable for a including her daughter Mary Noonan, NT, Caher. light fitting. In a written reply, engineer Eugene O’Shea stated, “I will arrange for the public lighting maintenance contractor to examine this proposal and to provide an estimate of the cost of installing a light”. Councillor Crowe said he was glad that it was being looked at, but felt it should be fairly simple to proceed. “At least when the autumn comes in it should be done, we definitely need a light on this,” he added.


Commemorating Titanic survivor


Sealing the deal


Dawn Mass

A DAWN mass on Easter Sunday morning, the Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection, will be celebrated as part of the Easter cer- EASTER CEREMONIES emonies at 5.45am in Kilclaren. Parishioners are encouraged to EASTER ceremonies in St Finnachta’s Church, Sixmilebridge and St Mary’s Church, Kilmurry commences with Mass of participate. the Lord’s Supper in Sixmilebridge at 7pm on Holy Thursday. Good Friday ceremonies are in Sixmilebridge at 3pm with StaPLAYING THEIR PART tions of the Cross in Kilmurry at 7pm. Holy Saturday ceremoFEAKLE CAMOGIE Club will be playing its part in the 10k nies are at 7pm in both churches with Easter Sunday masses at run, walk and cycle, promoted by the Clare Camogie Board, in 10am in Kilmurry and 11am in Sixmilebridge. support of Clare Haven Services on Easter Monday at 1.30pm. Meanwhile, at The Little Church, the ceremony on Good FriThe event is starting from the camogie board’s new county day is at 7.30pm and on Easter Sunday at 10am. grounds at Quin Road, Doora. There is a 5k option for less seasoned walkers and registration commences at 11.30am. Intending participants also have the option of registering JUVENILE ATHLETICS THE local Olympic Harriers Athletic Club is renewing its drive through their local camogie club. The local club is inviting people from the area to join its mem- to get a juvenile section up and running once again. Training sessions will be held each Tuesday and Thursday bers on the walk. To register with the Feakle club, contact Carnights between 6pm and 7pm in the GAA hall for youngsters mel at 087 2736012. over seven years of age. All coaches and athletic leaders are

Photograph John Kelly

Auburn Lodge Hotel, is planned for 6pm this Friday evening. Registration is at the hotel from 5pm onwards and participants have the option of a 9k or a 6.4k around Ballyalla Lake. The event is in aid of Ciara Willis, a student nurse from Ballyalla and NUIG, who is travelling to work in Ghana during the summer to support work of The Sisters of Mercy run projects. Refreshments served after event in hotel. If you can support the event in any way contact 086 3769572.

Easter Craft

SCARIFF public library is promoting a children’s Easter craft session on Thursday, April 12 at 3.30pm. All materials will be provided and the session is suitable for children aged between six and 10 years. The session is free of charge and further details are available from the library staff on 061 922893.

NIALL MELLON FUNDRAISER THE rescheduled fundraiser in aid of the Niall Mellon Township Trust will be held at The Cornerhouse Bar, Scariff on Easter Sunday night at 8.30pm. Support would be appreciated for the event.

INFORMATION DESK MEMBERS of the Clare Volunteer Service will man an information desk in Scariff public library from 3.30pm to 4.30pm on CONFIRMATION Tuesday afternoon, April 10. Members of the public are encourFR JERRY Carey administered the Sacrament of Confirma- aged to attend and find out what they need to know about voltion to 30 pupils of Knockanean National School. It was historic unteering and what opportunities are available. in that the sacrament was administered by a local cleric and not the Bishop of Killaloe as has been the case in the past and, sec- COMMUNITY GARDEN ondly, this was the first time the sacrament was conferred in the ANY parent wishing to do something different with their child newly refurbished Church of Our Lady in Roslevan. is invited once again to Scariff Community Garden between 12 noon and 3pm on Tuesday, April 10 to plant sunflowers in the HURLING TRAINING new children’s area in the garden. UNDERAGE hurling training for the six to 10 age group will Parents wishing to start a children gardening group are asked be held on Sunday morning from 11.15am to 12.15pm in the to talk to Eileen to arrange juvenile pitches in Gurteen. However, from April 22 onwards the time will be 11am to 12 pm on Sundays and from 6.30pm to 7.30pm on Wednesdays. Aidan Bohannon is in charge of the U-6 squad and he can be contacted on 086 1712413. David Frawley is managing the U-8s and he’s available on 086 4091438, while Donal Lahiffe on 087 2842561 is handling U-10.


Theatrical Times

COMMUNITY ALERT THERE was a very positive response to the door-to-door collection on behalf of the Barefield Community Alert Group. The group sought the funding to facilitate the erection of signage within the next four to six weeks. The group has also set up a facebook page Barefield Community Alert and an email address RECENT DEATH THE death has taken place of Jim Mangan from the Tulla Road, Roslevan. His remains were removed to St Breckan’s Church in Doora on Friday evening and burial took place in the church grounds after 11am mass. accredited by the Athletics Association of Ireland and further information is available from Deirdre Muldoon on 087 6949241 or Donnacha O’Mahony on 087 7430562. COMMUNITY GAMES CHILDREN representing Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry Community Games did their area proud in competitions over the past two weekends. In the county talent competitions, held in the local GAA hall, Amy O’Connor danced her way to gold in the solo disco dancing. Amy will now go on to represent Clare at the national finals in May. In the group music, guitar duo of Zoe Merriman and Prathickshah Arunagiri were silver medal winners while second place was also achieved by Michael Fitzgerald in the solo recitation. Bronze medals were awarded to Amy Higgins and Jade Kelly in group singing, David Hamilton in solo recitation, brothers Sam, Paul and David Hamilton in group drama, Julia Bernowska in solo disco dance and Adam Carmody, Amy O’Connor, Laura Barnowska, Doireann Kennedy, Sarah Barry and Brianna Kelly in the disco dancing group. Last weekend tag rugby was the competition and Sixmilebridge – Kilmurry with two U-11 teams finished a very respectable third and fourth. The team third placed comprised Katie Haugh, Luke O’Halloran, Luke Keogh, Will Fitzpatrick, Adam Breen, Oisin Breen, Seán O’Reilly, Matthew Dillon, Áine Sweeney, Ciara’an Semahedi and Colin Kelly. Members of the team who received certificates were Leah Kelly, Sinead Cahill, Alex Frost, Ferdia O’Lionain, Oran O’Reilly, Cian O’Reilly, Brian Flynn, Adam Fitzpatrick, Evan Murphy, Adam O’Sullivan and Cillian Joyce. HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE THE annual Killaloe Diocesan pilgrimage to the Holy Land will be held from November 5 to 12. The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop Kieran O’Reilly. Details are available from Fr Tom Ryan, Shannon on 061 364133, Fr Brendan Quinlivan on 061 921051 or locally at the parish office on 061 713682. WHIT RACE WEEKEND LAST year saw the Bridge Complex and Bridge Milers running club pool their energies in running a 10k road race and 5k fun walk. This was a fantastic event for all involved and received much praise. Unfortunately, the Bridge Milers are unable to help organise this year’s event but The Bridge Complex has decided to follow the success of this inaugural event with a bigger and better event this year. On Friday, June 1 the 10k road race and 5k fun walk will be held, starting at 6.30pm. Registration is available on www. and registration will also be accepted on the day before and the day of the race. It will be the turn of the cyclists the day after as the 100k ‘Cycle of the Lakes’ takes place at 10am. There will also be a family fun 10k cycle at 12 noon. Registration will be taken the day before the race, as well as on the morning of the race. Entry forms can also be requested from The Bridge Complex at or 061 713065. For updates online check out Teach Na Cuirte on Facebook.

LOCAL thespians have a treat in store when Whitegate Drama Group take to the stage with their one-act comedy, A Night to Remember, written by Jimmy Keary. The group will stage the show on Easter Sunday and again on Easter Monday in the clubhouse at Whitegate. Doors open at 8.30pm and proceeds are in aid of Milford Hospice. The play is a hilarious one-hour show in which the audience see the extremes one man will go to gain promotion in his work. Whitegate Drama Group has gone from strength to strength in recent years and this year’s show is produced by Mike Treacy. The cast of the present production are Mike Cleary, Carmel Keenan, Elaine Rodgers, Tommy Keenan and Shane Kelly. Additionally, local audiences will have another chance to see the Sliabh Aughty Drama Group’s award winning adaptation of Thy Will be Done at Mountshannon Hall on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14. The group picked up second place in Claregalway along with Best Audience Award and Best Comedic Actress in Geraldine Condren. She also collected a similar award in Cavan when the group was second overall. They were also second overall at Scariff Drama Festival with Noel Hogan picking up the Best Actor award. They are now through to the All-Ireland Confined Drama finals in Shercock, Cavan from April 20-28.

COMMUNITY CLEAN UP WHITEGATE Community Council and the Tidy Towns Group are organising a spring community clean-up day on Saturday, April 14 from 10am to 5pm and all members of the community are invited to participate. The meeting point will be the church car park at 10am and at 2pm and groups will be assigned with work schedules and to different areas. Weekly work nights have also started and Tidy Towns volunteers meet in the village every Tuesday night at 6pm to weed, tidy, paint and plant. The assembly point is the church car park. Meanwhile, the Mountshannon Tidy Towns Committee is appealing to all villagers to start preparing for adjudication in this year’s competition. They are asking parishioners to ensure the village is litter free while also encouraging them to tend to gardens, hedges and properties.

SEEKING SUPPORT LOCAL Fionnuala Collins competed in the Connemara half marathon in a very respectable time of 2.26:00 in aid of Cancer Care West. Fionnuala is still seeking financial support for her efforts and chosen charity and sponsorship cards are still available in Treacy’s, East Clare Co-op and Galvin’s for anyone still wishing to make a contribution.

HURLERS ADVANCE WHITEGATE U-21 hurlers defeated Meelick 4-10 to 1-11 in the quarter-final of the C championship. Owen Quirke, Patrick Burke and Noel O’Donnell all played very well. The victory sets them up for a semi-final meeting with Feakle-Killanena this Friday in Scariff at 4.30pm.

PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA A FEW seats are still available for the pilgrimage to Fatima from Monday, May 28 to Monday, June 4. Anyone interested should contact Noreen Waterstone at 061 927251 as soon as possible. NEW MEMBERS SOUGHT NEW members are required for Mountshannon Community Council and anyone interested should contact Michael Galvin on 087 2773714 or Pauline Madden on 061 927162.

SCHOOL ENROLMENT LAKYLE National School is enrolling pupils for September 2012. Enrolment forms are available from the school on 927288.

PROGRESSIVE 45 PROCEEDS from this Sunday’s progressive 45 card game in Whitegate clubhouse is in aid of the Clare 250 Mile Cycle. It will mark the conclusion of the weekly card assembly until October. The winner’s of last Sunday’s game were Nan Kelly and Betty RECENT DEATH THE death took place last week of Nancy Mulready, nee Flynn, Malone. of 25 Church View, Sixmilebridge. Her remains reposed at McMahon’s Funeral Home with RECENT DEATH removal to Sixmilebridge Parish Church. Requiem mass on THE death took place recently of Mick Broderick, Lakyle, Whitegate. He is survived by his son, Noel; daughter-in-law Wednesday was followed with burial in Killeen Cemetery. Predeceased by her husband, Mattie, she is survived by her Joan; grandchildren Aisling and Neil, extended family and sons, Paddy and Martin; daughters, Marie, Breda, Noeleen and friends. His funeral mass took place in St Flannan’s Church with burial afterwards in Clonrush Cemetery. Una; extended family, relatives and friends.

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Easter ceremonies

History group

THE Solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Supper will be on Holy Thursday at 8pm at Christ the King Church, Ballycorick. On Good Friday at 2.30pm there will be Stations of the Cross, followed by the Passion Ceremony at 3pm. On Saturday at 8pm there will be the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday mass will be at 10am. There will be confessions in Ballycorick Church immediately after the Holy Thursday and Good Friday ceremonies and again on Holy Saturday from 11am to 12 noon.

KILLIMER local history group has recently been formed with a view to compiling the history of the parish. Anyone with relevant photographs, memoirs or information to help complete the task is requested to contact Mary Sexton or Nora Madigan. All items will be returned to owners. The next meeting of the group will be held in the hall, Knockerra on Wednesday, April 18 at 8pm.

REALITY CHECK FOLLOWING the first hugely successful match against Cooraclare last week, Killimer junior team were given a big reality check at Moy on Sunday last. Two early goals from the home side shocked the young Killimer players and they never seemed to recover. They now have a three-week break from competitive action and next up are Kildysart on April 22.

CAKE SALE THE local ICA guild will hold its annual cake sale on Good Friday after the church ceremony. Support will be appreciated. LADIES FOOTBALL THE Clare ladies senior football team enjoyed a four-point win over Kerry at Doonbeg on Sunday last. The final score was 2-13 to 1-12. At half-time the Kerry ladies led by five points. Lorraine Kelly, Clare Hester and Áine Kelly of Fergus Rovers were in the Clare squad. They have now qualified for the semi-final of the league which will be played on April 29.

EASTER CEREMONIES EASTER church ceremonies will be held on Holy Thursday at St Senan’s Church, Knockerra at 8pm; Good Friday at St Imy’s Church, Killimer at 3pm; Holy Saturday at St Senan’s Church, Knockerra at 8pm and Easter Sunday at St Imy’s Church, Killimer at 11am. The Saturday Vigil will be at 8pm in St Senan’s Church, Knockerra from now until winter time again.

RECENT DEATH THE death occurred last week of Michael Gavin of Kilmurry McMahon and formerly of Lavalla, Ballynacally. Burial took place in Kilmurry McMahon. He is survived by his wife and family.

10KM WALK A 10km walk in aid of Burrane School Development Fund and Kilrush Rugby Football Club will be held on Easter Monday at 2pm. Registration is from 1pm. A dog show and Easter Bonnet competition will take place at 4pm.


A special year 2012 is a special year in the history of Coolmeen GAA Club. Originally formed in 1887, the club celebrates its 125 year anniversary and a series of events are planned to commemorate the occasion. First up is a club day at the local GAA field on Sunday, June 24. As part of the celebrations, it is intended to mount an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia in the clubhouse. The club is appealing for help with this exhibition in that if anyone has old photographs, newspaper articles or stories in relation to Gaelic games in Coolmeen, they should contact any club officer or the Cranny office in the next two weeks. All items contributed will be photocopied and the originals returned to the donors immediately. Only the copies will be displayed. Also if anyone has league or championship medals from any grade, the club would like to borrow and photograph them. This will also enable the club executive to collect information with a view to producing a book on the club’s history at a later stage. DVD OF FESTIVAL DVDs of The Peadar Clancy Festival 2011 are now available from Tir na nÓg, The Hilltop and Cranny Rural Resource Office.

■ Brothers Niall and Gavin Twomey keeping an eye on events at the Kilmurry Ibrickane-North Clare Michael Egan Memorial Four Mile Run/walk in Quilty. Photograph by John Kelly


School Recognition BALLYEA National School received great praise from inspectors with the Department of Education who were impressed by the high level of teaching at the school.


Enterprising Querrin community

IT will be a summer of celebrations in Querrin centred on the loRECENT DEATHS THE Clancy family, Erribul was bereaved on the recent death cal community project, Seol Sionna and the launch in May of the of Norah, as was the Moloney family, Labasheeda on the recent newly built traditional sailing boat, Sally O’Keeffe. The 25ft wooden craft designed in the style of 19th century death of Helen. Shannon hookers is in the final stages of construction in Ned Griffin’s workshop, Querrin. It is named after an old Querrin family, the O’Keeffes, who were recognised for their navigational skills and knowledge of maritime affairs. The pupils and teachers of Querrin National School are playing their part. Guided by school principal Geraldine Keating, they have compiled in book form a compendium of notes and sketches of the boat in its various stages of construction which KILDYSART Tidy Towns is holding a fundraising race night at they showed to a recent school visitor, Minister of State for the The Corner Bar on Saturday, April 14 at 9pm to raise funds to Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley. Querrin National School is 135-years-old this year and to mark promote environmentally enhancing projects that will benefit the the occasion, a special day of celebration is planned for July village. The committee is appealing to locals to support the event, as 8. The guest of honour will be 100-year-old past pupil Martin O’Keeffe who is travelling home from New York for the event. funds are necessary to purchase flowers and other materials.


Under orders

RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES THE Easter religious ceremonies in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart are on Holy Thursday at 8.30pm and Good Friday at 4.30pm. Vigil mass on Easter Saturday night is at 9pm. Easter Sunday mass is at the usual time of 11am. GROTTO MAINTENANCE ST Michael’s Church Choir’s annual walk and cycle takes place on Easter Monday at 11am starting in The Square. All proceeds from this event goes to the restoration and maintenance of Our Lady’s Grotto at Lacknashannagh Cross. The choir group has previously given donations to have the entrance to the graveyard tarmacadamed and new gates erected. The support of parishioners would be very much appreciated. HONOURS EVEN THE Kildysart intermediate footballers were held to a draw last weekend in the Division 3 League game against Kilferona. Following a victory against Coolmeen recently, the junior team suffered defeat away to Ennistymon last Saturday. Meanwhile, Shane McNeilis has been showing good form with the Clare senior footballers, while Keith O’Connor was on the U21 team, beaten by Cork in the Munster championship last week.

CARRIGAHOLT SEWERAGE SCHEME CARRIGAHOLT is included in a 2012 list of sewerage schemes devised for small villages according to Councillor Gabriel Keating. After making representations recently to Minister for Environment, Phil Hogan, he was promised that an announcement to that effect would be made by the minister after the Dáil recess in the autumn. EASTER DAWN MASS EASTER Sunday mass will once again be celebrated at dawn in Kilbaha village. Worshippers will congregate on a site overlooking the foreshore of Kilbaha Bay where mass was celebrated in the Little Ark in the 1850s. This is the fifth consecutive year that West Clare people will gather at the historic site for Easter dawn mass at 6.15am celebrated by Fr Michael Casey parish priest. O’CURRY’S BACKROOM TEAM THE newly appointed backroom team of Carrigaholt O’Curry’s Football Club, Dinny McMahon (manager), Michael Liddane (trainer), Flan Haugh and Michael Curtin are feeling happy. They have seen their charges follow up their win over Kilrush with a satisfying performance against St Breckan’s Lisdoonvarna. An early goal by Eoin Troy set the O’Curry’s men on the path to a 1-9 to 0-8 win in the Division 2 Garry Cup.

CURRACH CLUB KILDYSART Currach Club has been busy building two more COMMUNITY GAMES boats over the past number of months under the expert guidance THESE are busy times for the Carrigaholt / Cross Community of tutor Joe Madigan. Eighteen people have taken part in the currach building on this occasion and the club would welcome new members. Annual membership is now being accepted by Peter Ranalow.



Doonbeg theatrics

THE theatrical season in Doonbeg rolls on thanks to the local Doonbeg Drama Group, Aisteoiri Cois Cuain. They are very much in the public eye with their award-winning play The Weir by Conor McPherson. WEATHER permitting, a dawn mass will be celebrated at the On Easter Sunday night, the group will stage the play in Doongrounds of St Kieran’s Community Centre on Easter Sunday beg Community Hall, curtain 8.30pm. With qualification to the morning at 6am. If the weather is unsuitable for an outdoor celAll-Ireland Drama Finals secure, the group will take the producebration, mass will be held at St Kieran’s Church. tion to Cavan in mid-April. During Holy Week, there will be mass in St Kieran’s Church, Labasheeda on Holy Thursday at 8pm, Good Friday’s ceremony TURFCUTTERS FUNDRAISE is at 8pm and Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday is at 8pm. THE Clare Turfcutters Association continues its fundraising In St Mary’s Church, Kilmurry McMahon the ceremony on campaign and will hold a Turfcutters Ball in Bealaha on Easter Good Friday is at 3pm while mass on Easter Sunday will be celSaturday night. It will be an occasion of much merriment with ebrated at 11am. music, song and dance presided over by Lord Mayor of Doonbeg Padraig Haugh. Local musicians will provide music for dancing SPONSORED WALK and there will be food and refreshments. AN Easter egg hunt will be held at the Shannon Gaels GAA pitch on Saturday, beginning at 12 noon in aid of the Adventure Play- EASTER CEREMONIES ground fundraising drive. This will be preceded by the children’s HOLY Thursday ceremonies will take place in St Senan’s Church, sponsored walk at 11.30am. Bealaha at 5pm and in the Parish Church, Doonbeg at 7.30pm. The ceremonies on Good Friday will be held in Doonbeg at 3pm CAKE SALE and in Bealaha at 7.30pm. Vigil mass on Holy Saturday will be in A CAKE sale will be held after mass in St Mary’s on Sunday next. Doonbeg at 7.30pm. Easter Sunday masses will be celebrated in The sale, which is being organised by Kilmurry ICA, is a fund- Bealaha at 10am and in Doonbeg at 11am. raiser for the playground. WEDDING BELLS ART COMPETITION THE marriage of Noel McMahon, Einagh, Doonbeg and Monica THE Easter art competition prize winners in Labasheeda Nation- Lillis, Churchtown, Cooraclare took place in Cooraclare Parish al School were presented with their Easter eggs on Friday last. Church last week. There ceremony with nuptial mass and papal The annual competition is sponsored by Labasheeda ICA. blessing was conducted by Fr Pat Carmody, Cooraclare assisted by Fr Pat Larkin, Mullagh and Fr Colm Hogan, Kildysart. WEDDING The bride was attended by her three sisters Marion, Lourda SEÁN Cleary, son of John and Geraldine, Colmanstown and and Majella. Bestman was Paul Walshe and the groomsmen were Rebecca Cleary, Kildysart were married in Kildysart on Satur- Dominic Enright and Daithi O’Brien. The wedding reception day last. The reception was held at The Armada Hotel, Spanish was in The Falls Hotel, Ennistymon and the honeymoon is being Point. spent in Florida and New York.

Dawn Mass

RECENT DEATH HELEN Moloney, Cullinagh, died recently after a short illness. Helen had taught in Kilkerrin and Coolmeen National Schools during her career and was predeceased by her husband, Mattie.

CONFESSIONS FOR EASTER CONFESSIONS will be held in Doonbeg at 7pm on Holy Thursday and Bealaha at 12 noon and in Doonbeg at 7pm on Holy Saturday.

In a school evaluation report, published on the department’s website, the inspectors noted the commitment of the teachers and the excellent behaviour of the pupils. They also revealed that the school was closely linked to the community. MUSICAL EVENING SUCCESS BALLYEA Camogie and Hurling Clubs were delighted with the level of community support for their musical evening on Wednesday last in Ballyea Church. A very enjoyable evening was had by all.

COMMUNITY GAMES KILLIMER parish was well represented at the county finals of the Community Games quiz competitions held at St Flannan’s College, Ennis on Friday evening last. Two teams competed: Padraig McKeown, James Browne, Aidan Reynold, Mairéad Grogan and Leah Callaghan received bronze medals. The second team of Derbhile Browne, Mickey Hasett, Evan O’Driscoll, Niamh Smyth and Amy Moloney also did well. Team coaches were Mary Callaghan and Bernie Moloney.


The big clean

A BIG clean up is planned to take place in the parish on Good Friday and people who are willing to assist or have some free time Games. Training and preparation for the county community on their hands are welcome to row in behind the initiative. Bag games finals is ongoing and hopes are high that club athletes will collection is at the church car parks at Kilmaley, Inch and Configure in the honours list at the Clare relay races in Cooraclare nolly at 5.30pm. The clean up is part of National Spring Clean, this week. sponsored by An Taisce. Its quiz and dancing teams will also be making their bid for qualification to the national community games finals in Athlone EASTER CEREMONIES next May. CANON Michael McLaughlin and Fr Iggy McCormack will conMeantime the Carrigaholt / Cross club will be organising a field duct the Holy Week ceremonies on Holy Thursday in Kilmaley at day for the young athletes of both parishes in a month’s time. 7.30pm, Connolly at 8pm and Inch at 8pm. On Good Friday, the celebration of the Lord’s Passion is in Kilmaley at 3pm, Connolly WELCOME SWALLOWS at 3pm and Inch at 8pm. Stations of the Cross will be held in ConSWALLOWS are arriving in the West Clare Peninsula some nolly at 7.30pm. days later than in former years. Their numbers continue to dwinThe Easter Vigil on Saturday night is at Kilmaley at 8pm and dle. This week the welcome visitors were spotted in Rehy, Cross Connolly at 9pm. Confessions will be heard after all masses durand Clarefield, Querrin. Swallows were also reported in the Tul- ing the week. laher and Derryard areas south of Doonbeg village. HOLY WEEK CEREMONIES MASSES on Holy Thursday will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaholt at 7.30pm and in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Cross at 8.30pm. On Good Friday, Liturgy of the Passion will commence in Carrigaholt at 3pm and in Church of the Little Ark, Kilbaha at 8.30pm, while Stations of the Cross ceremonies will be held in Cross at 3pm and in Doonaha at 7.30pm. Holy Saturday masses will be celebrated in both Carrigaholt and Cross churches at 9pm. Easter Sunday masses are in Doonaha at 10am; Kilbaha at 11am and in Carrigaholt at 11.15am. PARISH FUN DAY CARRIGAHOLT O’Curry’s GAA Club is organising a parish community fun day in O’Curry GAA Park, Doonaha this Saturday. There will be a variety of games and novelty events for all members of the family commencing with underage football matches at 12 noon. The highlight of the fun day will be the contest curiously entitled ‘Absolute Dung’ involving Daisy the Cow. The O’Curry club social in a Carrigaholt hostelry on Easter Saturday night features the Thistle of the West competition with candidates being interviewed by recently retired garda Charlie Killeen. INTERCOUNTY STARS FLYING the Banner for the Clare ladies football team that beat Kerry in Doonbeg last Sunday were West Clare Gaels stars Shauna Harvey, Deirdre Troy, Katie Geoghegan and Marie Kelly who scored 2-2. Three West Clare Gaels girls Marie Foran, Gráinne Harvey and Amy Keane have been selected on the Clare U-16 team. They play Tipperary in their first competitive match. MR AND MRS COMPETITION A MR and Mrs Competition will be held in Keating’s Bar, Kilbaha to raise funds for the playground project. Local couples will be putting their knowledge of each other to the test this Easter Sunday at 9pm, overseen by MC on the night, John Carey. There will be finger food and a prize for best dressed. EASTER FUN CAMP IT will be an Easter vacation with a difference for many Doonbeg boys and girls between the ages of eight and 13 years. They will be catered for in Doonbeg GAA park where the Doonbeg Fun Camp will operate until this Friday. Camp co-ordinators Colm Dillon and David Tubridy and their team of coaches conduct the daily sessions of training and fun games from 10am to 2.30pm. DEVELOPMENT AGM DOONBEG Community Development is making preparations for its upcoming annual general meeting on Wednesday, April 18. The venue is The Igoe Inn, Doonbeg and business commences at 8.30pm.

HEALTHY HEART RUN THE healthy heart 10k charity fun walk and road race will take place on Saturday, April 14 starting at 12 noon at Kilmaley National School. There will be an option of taking a 3.5k walk and fun run and all proceeds raised will go towards the Kilmaley Voluntary Housing Association, The Clare Crusaders and Ray of Hope Jinja, in Uganda. Further details are available from Terry Hennessy on 087 9091436, Martina Clancy on 086 6355933, Gerry Keane on 087 2714716 or email

DISPLAY DAY KILMALEY Apostolic Work Society members are getting ready for their annual display of work which is on Sunday, May 8 at Inch National School. If anyone would like to donate a sacred vessel such as a chalice or ciborium in honour of a loved one, living or deceased, they are very welcome to do so and should contact any member of the society.

LEAGUE SEMI FINAL KILMALEY secured a semi-final place in the senior camogie league defeating Sixmilebridge last Friday evening by 3-10 to 113. Just a point separated the teams at the break but with a contribution of 1-8 from Clare McMahon, Kilmaley deservedly took the spoils.

COMMUNITY GAMES DARRAGH Hickey, David Kelly and Jack Colleran captured silver medals in the Munster table tennis competition on Saturday last at University of Limerick. They were defeated by Kerry in the final.


Ladies football

THE Fergus Rovers U-12s, who are managed by Anne Hill and Eibhear Slattery, had two wins last week over Kilmihil and Éire Óg in the Mid-Clare Regional Championship. They remain unbeaten after four matches. Their next match is against Doora Barefield. The adult team will have a home match next Monday evening against Shannon Gaels in the Division 3 League. Clare Hester and Lorraine Kelly lined out for Clare on Sunday when they defeated Kerry in the final round of the National Ladies Football League. Next up is the semi-final on April 29

JUNIORS WIN LISSYCASEY’S junior footballers scored a good win over visitors Ballyvaughan in round two of the Division 4 League on Sunday on a final score of 1-10 to 0-8. This Friday they will have O’Callaghan’s Mills as visitors. GREYHOUND RAG DAY Meanwhile, the club’s senior team travel to play Liscannor in THE second annual greyhound rag day held in Doonmore, round three of the Garry Cup. Lissycasey played a draw with CoDoonbeg last Sunday attracted a bigger entry than last year. Or- oraclare last week. ganised by Jimmy Normoyle, on behalf of Doonbeg GAA Club, dogs from Kerry, Limerick and Clare competed at the meeting EASTER CEREMONIES which proved very successful. BIG crowds are expected at Our Lady of the Wayside Church in Lissycasey for Easter ceremonies this week. TOM CLUNE REMEMBERED Holy Thursday mass will be at 8pm, with prayers at the alter of THE legendary Tom Clune (1889-1967) who coached genera- repose until 10pm. tions of young Doonbeg footballers was remembered last SunOn Good Friday, the Solemn Passion will be at 3pm and the day when a memorial plaque on his grave in Doonbeg Cemetery service will involve children from Lissycasey and Caherea nawas unveiled by Joe Hurley. Fr Joseph Haugh spoke of the debt tional schools. of gratitude owed to the people like Tom Clune who worked tireEaster Vigil mass will be at 9pm on Saturday with Easter Sunlessly for the benefit of their parish communities. day mass at 11am. Confessions will be heard after services on Tommy Comerford who initiated the project on behalf of Thursday and Friday and from 11am to 12 noon on Saturday. Doonbeg Football Club presided at the ceremony and local contractor Francis O’Dea executed the memorial. WEDDING BELLS CARMEL Doohan, Frure and Seamus Kennedy, Kilmurry McHELPING MISSIONS THE annual display of work by Doonbeg Apostolic Society in Mahon were married at Our Lady of the Wayside Church in Lisaid of the missions was held in Doonbeg Community Hall last sycasey last week. The reception took place at the Armada Hotel Sunday. It was well patronised, which is indicative of the appre- in Spanish Point. ciation of the parish community for the role the society fulfils in helping the missions. Large numbers of visitors from other Clare A FIRST DEFEAT Apostolic Societies praised the Doonbeg ladies for the range of LISSYCASEY’S U-16 footballers suffered their first defeat of the championship on Monday evening when they went under to Éire exhibits and the exquisite workmanship on show. Óg at the Ennis club’s venue a week after they had beaten the same opposition in Lissycasey. MAGPIES GROUNDED DOONBEG senior footballers had to give best to a better finishing Kilmurry Ibrickane side in their Cusack Cup game played in NO JOY Doonbeg on Saturday evening. The exchanges were even for 50 LISSYCASEY’S bid for Munster Senior Scór honours ended minutes of the game but in the closing minutes the Kilmurry men on Saturday in the provincial final when the set dancers failed to progress. recorded a number of points to finish 1-13 to 0-9 winners.


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Cupid Strikes

Easter Ceremonies

THE wedding took place last weekend of Marie Moloney, daughter of Seán and the late Cait Moloney of Aherina, Kilmore, to Jason Guerin at Star of the Sea Church, Quilty. They were married by Fr John Morris, assisted by Fr John Bane, parish priest Broadford. Chief bridesmaid was Caroline Moloney assisted by Trish Moloney and Gillian Clogan. Bestman was Tom Predergast with Ger McKeogh and Daragh O’Donovan as groomsmen.

IN a new departure for Easter celebrations, there will be a dawn mass at St Senan’s Well on Easter Sunday morning at 5.30am in addition to the usual Easter week ceremonies. The arrangements for Clonlara are: Holy Thursday: 8pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper; Good Friday at 3pm Our Lord’s Passion; Easter Saturday at 8pm Easter Vigil mass and Easter Sunday 11am mass. The schedule for Truagh Church is: Holy Thursday at 7pm; Good Friday at 8pm and Easter Sunday at 9.30am.

TABLE QUIZ BROADFORD Camogie Club is holding its annual fundraising table quiz on Good Friday night in community hall at 9pm. The quiz is for tables of four adults or six children.

COUNTRY MARKET CLONLARA Country Market will have all the Easter goodies in stock on Easter Sunday from 10am until 12.30pm in the old community centre. As well as cakes and confectionery, there will be breads, scones preserves, art and crafts. There will be a cup of tea or coffee on offer also, everyone welcome.

STEPPING OUT THE annual 10km + 1 walk and run in association with Clare Cancer Support will take place on Easter Monday, starting at 2pm with registration from 12.30pm in the parish hall.

CAMOGIE WINS TRUAGH U-13s had a comfortable win over Wolfe Tones in the first round of the championship with a score of 4-5 to 0-1. The U-16s also got off to a good start in the first round of their league with a comprehensive win over Tulla/Bodyke.

HOLY WEEK CEREMONIES CEREMONIES in the parish for Holy Week are: Holy Thursday mass at 8pm in Broadford, Good Friday at 12noon in Kilmore, Stations of the Cross at 3pm in Kilbane and celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 8pm in Broadford church. Easter vigil mass on Saturday is at 9pm in Broadford Church with Sunday mass at 9.30am in Kilbane and 10.30am in Broadford.

SPONSORED WALK THE annual Good Friday sponsored walk in aid of Truagh/ Clonlara Camogie Club will move off from Clonlara School at 4pm this Friday. All club members are asked to play their part and help raise badly-needed funds for the club. ■ Noreen Mackey, Aisling Power and Siobhan Gallagher limber up before taking part in the Kilmurry Ibrickane-North COACHING COURSE Clare Michael Egan Memorial Four Mile Run/Walk in Quilty. Photograph by John Kelly


Parish clean-up


On the Market

THE annual parish clean-up will take place on Saturday, April 14 and all interested are advised to assemble at the community hall at 10am. Gloves and sacks will be provided and all assistONE of Bridgetown’s best known landmarks, Cooney’s Bar ance will be gratefully appreciated. and grocery is on the market to be sold. Closed in recent years, the premises had established itself as a WEDDING BELLS great centre for dancing as well as a meeting place for the local FORMER Cratloe hurler Mark Reidy, Brickhill married Marie Mescall from Adare. Many members of the Cratloe All-Ireland Féile na Gael team of 1986 attended the wedding. Emma Cotter, Brickhill married Barry O’Connell, while Christine Carew and Peter Waldrom, Cratloe Cross were also married recently.


Pink Ribbon Walk

WHITE CUP FINAL MICHAEL Dannagher and Darragh Cunningham were members of the Ard Scóil Rís team which won the Munster Colleges REGISTRATION is now open for the third annual Pink Ribbon Walk, which will take place on June 16. Registration will U-15 Championship, defeating Thurles CBS in the final. close on Wednesday, June 13. The 10k walk route will start at The Lakeside Hotel and take COUSINS COLLIDE in Ballina, Killaloe and onto what is locally known as ‘The PODGE Collins was in direct opposition with his first cousin Round’ – the Garraunboy loop, a route loved by all local walkJamie Wall while playing for Clare against Cork in the Munster ing enthusiasts. This route allows the walkers and runners to U-21 football semi-final in Pairc Uí Rinn last week. experience the most spectacular views and includes some rather Wesley De Loughry, Conor Ryan and Cathal McInerney also steep hills. If you wish to register, please visit the Pink Ribbon played for Clare, while Liam Markham and Cathal McInerney website. On Thursday, May 3 the annual Pink Ribbon Gig will played for the Clare senior hurlers who beat Offaly on Sunday take place in the Pop Up Playhouse on the grounds of Kincora in Tullamore. Hall Hotel.

FUN TABLE QUIZ THE hotly contested Cratloe Minor Club fun table quiz takes place on next Thursday night at Setrights’ lounge commencing at 8.30pm. All the usual categories will be catered for and quiz master will be Jim Enright who had charge of the Munster final of senior scór on Saturday evening in Templemore. HOLY WEEK CEREMONIES HOLY Thursday at St John’s Church Cratloe at 7.30pm with adoration till 9pm; Good Friday at St John’s Church, Cratloe, Passion Liturgy at 3pm and Little Church, Sixmilebridge at 7.30pm; Holy Saturday, St John’s Church Cratloe, Easter Vigil mass at 9pm and Easter Sunday Grotto, vigil-dawn mass at 6am. Little Church mass at 10am and St John’s Church at 11.30am.


HOLY WEEK SERVICES DURING Holy week the following services will be held in the parishes of Killaloe and Ballina-Boher. Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper in Killaloe at 7.30pm, Ballina, Boher and Bridgetown at 8pm, Holy Communion in St Flannan’s Cathedral at 8pm, Holy Hour in Killaloe after the 7.30pm mass and Ballina from 10pm to 11pm. On Good Friday, Stations of the Cross in Ballina at 12 noon, Garraunboy at 12 noon; the Passion and Death in St Flannan’s Cathedral, 12 noon to 3pm; Celebration of the Passion and Death in Ballina, Boher, Bridgetown and Killaloe at 3pm; Stations of the Cross in Boher at 7.30pm; Prayers Around the Cross in Killaloe at 9pm. Easter Saturday, Prayer of the Church at 12 noon and Polish Blessing of Easter Food 12.15pm in Ballina; Easter Vigil, 9pm in Killaloe, Boher, Bridgetown and St Flannan’s Cathedral. Easter Sunday, Holy Communion, Rite 2 in St Flannan’s Cathedral at 11.30pm. Masses in all churches at normal Sunday times.

INFORMATIVE TALKS TWO interesting and informative talks are planned for Lakes Nursing Home this week. On Wednesday night personnel from the Mid-West Stroke Support Group attended while next Saturday, The Alzheimer MEELICK certainly didn’t enjoy the luck of the draw when the Society of Ireland will visit at 11.30am. Further information is groupings in the intermediate hurling and football groups were available from 375044. decided by the Clare County GAA Board last Friday night. In the intermediate hurling Meelick will face neighbours Par- SCHOOL RUN teen, Ennistymon and Feakle while in the football their group ST ANNE’S Community College’s second 10k run was held last also includes Kilmurry Ibrickane, O’Callaghan’s Mills and Kil- Thursday afternoon. Led by Kayleigh Yeoman of Operation fenora. Transformation, over 500 runners and walkers that included On the playing front, Meelick suffered an agonising one point students, staff members and local runners joined in the fun and defeat, 1-8 to 0-10, when they played Coolmeen at the weekend thoroughly enjoyed the experience. in the Division III League. Lowell Ryan and Ebony Gunway, the first boy and girl home, both received the Lakeside Leisure Centre Perpetual Trophy. The organisers, together with the management and staff at St WHITE CUP PARTEEN hurler Nathan Fox played a prominent role for Ard Anne’s, were appreciative of all who help on the day particularly the sponsors and the local gardaí for traffic regulation. Scoil Rís in their White Cup triumph last week. Last weekend Parteen played a thrilling 4-13 apiece draw with Newport in a challenge. Ronan Conlon turned in a stellar per- TIDY TOWNS FUNDRAISER formance for Parteen notching some excellent scores while con- BALLINA Tidy Towns committee and volunteers are organising a bag-packing fundraiser at SuperValu during this weektributing enormously in general play. The game was in preparation of Parteen opening their league end. They would appreciate assistance from anyone willing to campaign on Monday at 2.30pm at Lanahrone against Ogonnel- give up an hour of their time and available persons should contact Ita on 087 7993762 or Carrie on 085 7307436. loe. This hardworking and dedicated committee deserves support for their continued efforts in improving the image of Ballina MEELICK HALL throughout the year. MEELICK Community Hall has launched its calendar of events for May. SCHOOL ACTIVITIES Cubs will meet every Tuesday at 6pm while the beavers meet THE Parents Councils of Killaloe Boys and Girls National every Wednesday at 6.15pm followed by the cubs at 7.30pm. Schools organised recent fundraising events for both schools. There is a drama class every Thursday afternoon at 2pm and The cake sale raised €580 and will be divided between both kickboxing will take place every Friday at 5pm. schools. The ‘No Uniform Day’ at the boys’ school raised €142 was collected by ‘the boys in green’ for the school fund. Elsewhere, student Tristan Wood was placed third in the recent EBS Handwriting competition. On Wednesday last, second class boys made their First Confessions in St Flannan’s Church. After the Easter holidays they will all be busy preparing for First Holy Communion Day on Saturday, April 28.

Tough Draws


Country Market

BRIDGE CLUB TULLA Country Market and coffee shop will have an Easter KILLALOE/BALLINA Bridge Club’s most recent competiSpecial on this Saturday from 10am to 1pm in Tulla Court- tion was won by Matt Burke and Joe O’Halloran from Michelle Knight and Bernie Bennett. Third were Raj and Ailicia Kumhouse. bhat. As well as the usual home baking, crafts, preserves and eggs, there will be special Easter produce and gifts as well as samples GET CREATIVE and tasters. QUAY Arts first creative competition will be held on Sunday, April 15 from 2pm to 4pm. This competition is open to teams of POKER CLASSIC four where each team is given an identical box of mixed bits and Tulla United Soccer Club is holding a poker classic on Friday, pieces and is then told what they must make from it. April 13 in the Powerhouse, Tulla, starting at 9pm. Lynda Christian, well known for her bric-a-brac sculptures, This is one of the club’s main fundraisers in the year and they has designed the challenge and will show what she produced would welcome support on the night. from the box of bits at the end of the afternoon. This is a pilot for a series of challenges and entry can be made online at www. CLARE CUP Tulla’s senior hurlers open their Clare Cup campaign this Monday when they travel to play Clonlara. The game throws in at KILLALOE BALLINA ANGLERS LAST Sunday’s trout competition for members of Killaloe 2.30pm. Ballina Anglers saw a good turnout of anglers, who were rewarded with some fine catches. The weigh-in was held in the

A FOUNDATION level camogie coaching course takes place on Thursday evening, April 19 and Saturday morning, April 21 farming community after their daily visit to the nearby cream- in Clonlara Community Centre and GAA pitch. There are a limited number of places available and it is mandatory that all ery at Bridgetown. coaches complete the foundation level course. It is not necessary to have played camogie in order to partake in the coaching GOLF CLASS course. MEMBERS of Bridge Celtic will swap their boots for golf clubs this Sunday when the club promotes a fundraising golf classic at WEDDING BELLS Nenagh Golf Club. The format is a three person scramble and RECENTLY married in St Senan’s Church, Clonlara were tee times are from 9am to 10am and 11.15am to 1.15pm. Claire Wallace, daughter of Michael and Lucy of Coolisteige, TJ, Burns, Luke Turner and Stephen Howard have all the and Gerard Naughton, Dublin. details.

Mills’ Bar. Sean Collins was competition winner with a 6lb ½oz trout. The heaviest bag award went to the two Noels – Noel Conroy and Noel Rigby and Shane Lancaster caught the second heaviest trout weighing 1lb 5oz. The next competition, wet fly, will be held on Sunday, April 15 and fishing will run from 9am with weigh-in at the Mills’ Bar at 7pm. SCOUTING ACTIVITIES SCOUT Lorenne Egan from Killaloe represented both County Clare and the Western Province at the recent Star Scout Show, which was held in the O’Reilly Theatre in Belvedere College in Dublin. This national event showcases the best of talent from within Scouting Ireland’s youth members. Lorenne sang a solo version of Sarah McLachlan’s In the Arms of an Angel at two matinees and one evening performance. A contingent of scouts and leaders arrived on Sunday to support Lorenne. The Killaloe Scout Group sent 15 delegates to the Scouting Ireland National Council, which was held in Dublin last weekend, which included 12 youth members. The group was proud to see the Chief Scout present three of them with the neckerchiefs for their new positions as national representatives - Jack Denning (Rover), Alex Huddlestan (Venturer) and Donal Watson (Scout). Following the annual general meeting, all the delegates enjoyed themselves at the gala dinner. Both Beaver sections travelled to the Clare Scout County Campsite in Ruan for a County event called ‘Egg of a Peg’. Beaver Scouts from all over the county took part and had a great day’s fun. They all went home with an Easter egg for their efforts. SPIKEBALL COMPETITION ON THURSDAY last, Killaloe boys retained their spikeball title in a very sporting final against Killaloe Girls National School with Ballina National School just beaten in the final minutes of the semi-final. Mary Lawlor, Volleyball Ireland, was again on hand to support the event, now entering its fourth year. MOUNTAIN BIKE CHALLENGE THE 2012 Mountain Bike Challenge – Lough Derg, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22. This is a fourstage event with two stages taking place each day and those wishing to participate can enter for the full weekend or for just a single day. It is open to everyone, regardless of ability. The course has been laid out to make the event challenging but also thoroughly enjoyable and provides plenty of climbing, fast descents and spectacular views of Lough Derg and the surrounding area. Registration on Saturday, April 21 will take place at a central location in Killaloe and the morning ride has a distance of 28km with a 360m elevation gain. The afternoon distance is 26km with a 460 elevation gain. Both events will start from Killaloe town. Ballycuggaran Forest will be the headquarters for the second day with the morning event of 24km and elevation gain 355m, followed by the afternoon’s 6km with an elevation gain of 250m. While this final stage is the shortest over the two days, it will be more technical using sections of the national points series course. Further details are on JUVENILE HURLING NEWS HURLING training has now resumed each Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6pm to 7pm in Smith O’Brien’s field for U-6, U-8 and U-10. New players are welcome. Any enquiries should be directed to Pat Sheedy at 086 2596294 or Ger Rodgers at 087 7954014. Meanwhile, the U-12 and U-14s continue to train on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6.30pm. The U-14 championship gets underway on Friday evening with an away game against Meelick. The U-10s are also due out this weekend with the first Go Games Blitz of the year taking place in Shannon. Club registration is now overdue and everyone intending to train or play in the coming year with the club should register as soon as possible. Registration forms are available from team mentors. TABLE QUIZ SMITH O’Brien’s Minor Club will hold a fundraising table quiz in Betty Bonner’s Bar in O’Briensbridge on Friday, April 13. All support on the night will be greatly appreciated. BALLINA GAA ON FRIDAY last, Ballina played hosts to Inane Rovers for two U-12 games at the weekend. The Ballina ‘Red’ team put in a great effort but struggled to match a very keen Inane Rovers team and lost out in a tight match. The Ballina ‘Blue’ team showed great enthusiasm throughout the pitch and pulled off a great win on a score of 4-3 to 1-2. Both the red and blue teams will now play away to Nenagh on Friday evening. The club’s U-16 footballers had a very hard fought 1-10 to 1-6 win over Burgess while the U-14 footballers beat Silvermines on their first day out of the year on a scoreline of 1-8 to 1-1. This Saturday sees the start of the U-6 and U-8 groups at 10am. Parents can register online through the club website or at the registration desk on the day. All new members are welcome and any parent that would like to get involved to help in any way would also be very welcome.

HURLING NEWS CLONLARA U-21 hurlers take on Ballyea in the A semi-final this Friday at 5.30 in Sixmilebridge. Domhnall O’Donovan and Colm Galvin featured in Clare’s league victory over Offaly at the weekend. Both John Conlon and Nicky O’Connell were rested ahead of the Division 1B League final against Limerick, which takes place this Saturday at 6pm in The Gaelic Grounds. Meanwhile, plans are progressing for the official opening of the club grounds field on May 13 which will see Clare taking on Tipperary in a senior challenge.


Arctic Adventures

DONNELLON’S was heaving last Wednesday night as the hall was packed for Jarleth Cunnane and Mike Brogan, guests of Cullaun Sailing Club, as they recalled their arctic adventures. The night opened with a presentation on Cullaun Sailing Club followed by a photographic presentation outlining the club’s history. This was the perfect forerunner to the fascinating talk by the guest speakers. The club’s first junior course kicks off this week while 13 young sailors who all completed the sailing course last summer are taking a refresher course this week. Week three of the Sunday sailing continues on April 15. It looks like The Wayfarers are storming away on the points race and are already looking forward to the Spring regatta on April 29.


Easter Ceremonies

THE main Easter ceremonies on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday will be celebrated in Newmarket Church only. Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday will be at 7.30pm followed by confessions at 8.15pm with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 9.30pm. Outdoor Stations of the Cross on Good Friday start at 11am with the Celebration of the Passion at 3pm. Confessions will be held in Newmarket at 4pm with Stations of the Cross at 7.30pm in The Wells and 7.30pm in Carrigerry. On Holy Saturday, there will be confessions from 12noon to 1pm in Newmarket with the Easter Vigil mass at 9pm. There will be a dawn mass at 5.30am at Fenloe Cemetery with mass in Carrigerry at 9am, The Wells at 10am and Newmarket at 11am.

EASTER CAMPS NEWMARKET–ON–FERGUS Easter GAA Camp will run from April 10 to 12 from 10am to 2pm. The camp, tailored for boys and girls from six to 14 years of age, will include hurling and football fun under the supervision of qualified coaches. Registration is on the Tuesday morning at 9.30am and further details are available from Kevin Halpin on 086 1019097. Obair will also hold an Easter Camp from April 10 to 13 at the Obair Family Centre afterschool building from 11:30am to 3:30pm (part-time) and from 9am to 6pm (full day service). Further details are available from Kirsty Horner afterschool co-ordinator on 061 368030 or email Activities include egg hunt, outdoor games, treasure hunt, swimming, arts and crafts, computers, egg and spoon relay race, cookery and mini-beast hunt.

STONEHALL RUN A GREAT SUCCESS The recent 5km Stonehall fun run and walk, which was organised by the parents council, proved to be a great success. Blessed with great weather, this event raised €1,200 for Stonehall National School. Over 180 parents and children participated and Josephine McMahon, who organised the event along with Richard McMahon, presented ‘First Mother Home’ Brid Keating with a hamper. The money raised will be used to help fund the accelerator reader programme in the school, which has been a huge success thus far, incorporating reading and computer skills. Meanwhile, the parents’ council annual general meeting will take place on Monday, April 16 at 8pm. New committee members will be elected and the council encourages parents who have an interest in getting involved to submit their names to a committee member or any member of the school staff.

RECENT DEATHS THE funeral has taken place of Kevin O’Neill, Ballanacragga, Newmarket, late of Carolville, Steele’s Terrace, Ennis. His remains reposed at Milford Mortuary, Limerick with burial in Lemenagh cemetery. He is survived by his family and friends. The death also occurred last of Stevie Hickey of Cloverhill, Newmarket. His funeral was to The Wells Church with burial to Drumline cemetery.

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Revving up ON October 15, 2011, 36 year-old Kilmihil man Declan O’Shea was involved in an accident while on holidays in Portugal, seriously injuring his spine. He is currently undergoing treatment at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire. He is making good progress in his recovery and has remained very positive in his approach to his injuries. Unfortunately however, Declan has been left wheelchair dependent. Due to the nature of his injuries, he will require on-going medical treatment and equipment to adapt to his new circumstances. In view of this The Declan O’Shea Trust has been established to assist in meeting associated costs. A tractor run is being held on this Sunday to raise funds for the Trust. Registration for the run commences at 12 noon in the GAA car park and the convoy will depart at 1pm heading back the Cahercannivan Road and on through the townlands of Leitrim, Shyan and Clonakilla and re entering the village via Newtown. It is expected that the route will be completed in one hour. LIBRARY KILMIHIL Library will be closed from Tuesday, April 10 to Friday, April 13 inclusively. RACE NIGHT ST Pat’s Soccer Club is running their annual race night on Easter Sunday night at Daly’s Lounge Bar to fundraise for underage teams. MC is Declan Cleary. The schoolboys league starts on the week after Easter. EASTER CEREMONIES THE main Easter ceremonies will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church this weekend. On Holy Thursday, mass of the Lord’s Supper will be at 8pm. The celebration of the Passion will be at 3pm on Good Friday and the Stations of the Cross at St Michael’s Shrine at 7pm. The Easter Vigil mass will be at 9pm on Saturday. On Sunday there will be a dawn mass at the Shrine at 7am and the usual mass in the Church at 10.30am. EARLY SILAGE PROGRESSIVE local farmer, Joseph McMahon, Knockmore harvested a crop of silage last week, which must be a record for the area. The mild climatic conditions during the winter favoured growth. LADIES FOOTBALL THE girls U-12 footballers have been very busy recently competing in the Mid Clare Championship. Unfortunately, their bid to retain their title was unsuccessful. They recently played Eire Og and scored a comprehensive 5-8 to 2-1 victory. They were defeated by Fergus Rovers and Coolmeen in two very closely contested matches. In last week’s game against Fergus Rovers they notched up a very respectable score of 1-9 with some lovely scores from Cliodhna Dennehy, Micaela Glynn, Ellen Lynch, Aoife Walsh, Megan Hehir and Clodagh Quinlivan. Ciara Lernihan and Alana Hehir were very solid in defence as usual. The U-12s will now compete in the Div 2 competition, which will commence at the end of April. They will continue training on Wednesday afternoons. Also U-8 and U-10 training will commence on Wednesdays after the Easter holidays. Parents will be contacted via text. The U-16 ladies have completed their group games. They were recently defeated by a very strong Kilmurry Ibrickane team but on Sunday last they drew with Cooraclare, 2-8 to 4-2. They await other match results to determine their position in the group. RECENT DEATHS THE death occurred in Limerick last week of Sr Paul Pilkington of The Good Shepherd Sisters. She was formerly from Ahagha. Patricia Glynn, Nee Bugler, also died in Limerick last week. Her family ran the Post Office in Kilmihil for many years.


In the Loop THE Kilkee based Radio Corca Baiscinn is always interested in hearing the views of its many listeners, and indeed is proud of its slogan – Keeping you in the Loop. The station is a wholly community owned and run radio station, whose aim is to provide a local information, entertainment and training resource for the people of South West Clare. Locals, tourists and visitors alike appreciate the fact that the mix of music, news, sport and documentaries is always innovative and intriguing. The station broadcasts on 94.8FM across the region from Loop Head east to Kilrush and as far as Labasheeda, north to Quilty through Kilmihil and Mullagh and along the coast through Doonbeg and Kilkee. TUTORS REQUIRED THE West Clare Family Resource Centre is presently looking for volunteers to help tutor a computer class for the older people of the community on a one-on-one basis. They are seeking a commitment of one and half hours over a period of eight weeks. With this in mind, anyone with some spare time at their disposal, and who has a good knowledge of Microsoft Office, the internet and Email and who also have good communication skills can now get in contact with Eliza or Alacoque on 065 9052173. CULCÚRLANN SWEENEY THE library in Kilkee is currently piloting a project whereby registered members can try out ‘kindles’ or e-books, during their visit to the library. Further information from library staff on 065 9056034. The muilti-purpose building recently refurbished was officially opened by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan. EASTER CHURCH CEREMONIES THE following are the arrangements for the Holy Week ceremonies in the Churches of the Parish. Holy Thursday: Morning prayer - Kilkee Church at 10am; Mass of the Lord’s Super in Kilkee at 7.30pm; Good Friday: Morning prayer - Kilkee Church at 10am. Public Stations of the Cross at 3pm (weather permitting). Ceremony of the Lord’s Passion - Kilkee Church at 7.30pm with prayers until 9.15pm; Holy Saturday: Morning prayer - Kilkee Church at 10am. Easter Vigil - Kilkee at 9pm and on Easter Sunday Dawn Mass at the local Rescue Centre at 6am (weather permitting). Mass - St Flannan’s Church, Lisdeen at 9.30am and Mass - Kilkee Church at 11am. SPROCKET ROCKET COURSE THE West Clare Cycling Club will be running a Subway Sprocket Rocket Programme beginning on Monday, April 16. Sprocket Rocket is a foundation cycling skills programme, run over a 12 week period, developed by Cycling Ireland for children primarily aged 7 to 12 years old, but can actually be used for anyone of any age. It puts the emphasis back on the fun element of cycling which keeps young riders interested in the sport and in turn helps them develop skills acquisition faster. Children who wish to take part in the programme will be required to complete the membership forms before starting the course. For further information

check the West Clare Cycling Club facebook page or contact 086 7726790. SEAN NÓS DANCING WEEKLY Sean nós dancing sessions continue on every Monday evening at the Teach Cheoil and anyone interested in taking part is welcome to come along. The Monday session caters for the children at 7pm, while the adults take to the floor at 8pm. Set dancing enthusiasts will be catered for on every Wednesday evening at 8.30pm.


Commemorative Concert A CONCERT will be held as part of the Tom Carey Commemorative Weekend in Cree Hall on Saturday, April 14. Master of Ceremonies on the night is Joan Hanrahan of Clare FM and the line up includes many of Tom’s friends whom he played with over the years. Throughout the weekend there will be music sessions in the pubs. On Sunday the Tom Carey Young musician 2012 competition will be held at the marquee in Walshe’s. The winner will be presented with a scholarship to Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy together with a perpetual trophy sponsored by Tom’s family. This competition is for musicians between the ages of 12 and 18 years. The weekend will see many talented musicians play in Cree in memory of the man who loved music and encouraged so many to play music. He was a well-known concertina player and featured in RTE, national radio, Clare FM, as well as many concerts and seisiúns over the years. Tickets for the concert are limited so early booking is advisable. They can be had locally from Walshe’s Bar and Meaney’s shop in Cree or at Cooraclare Post Office. All artists are performing without charge and proceeds from the event will go the West Clare Cancer Fund.

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Fanore Rebel wins Benefit Nights final THE final of the Benefit Nights at Galway A8 graded event, won by Fanore Rebel, owned by Fanore publican Pat O’Donoghue, was among the six Clare wins in Galway on Friday night. Trained by Pat Guilfoyle, Twosugaralice in trap five was sent off the hot 4-6 favourite for the final but he was slow away and Brickhill Bonny, trained by Clare native Albert Long and owned by the Bogey Boys syndicate from Ballyhaunis, was the front runner from the second bend. However, in the dash for the line, Fanore Rebel (Ace Hi Rumble-Killonaghan Gal) came with a renewed effort to snatch the lead and win by a neck from Brickhill Bobby. The time was 29.46. Third home was Killuran Polly, owned by Gary Cooney, Killuran, O’Callaghan’s Mills. Kevin Fahey from Kiltartan, a runner-up the previous night, fared better on Friday night with

victory in the first race of the night. He was represented in trap two by Corker Soviet (Droopys Maldini-Soviet Victoria) who managed to take the lead at the second bend and race on for a four-and-a-quarter lengths win in 29.84 from Moneypoint Ray, owned in Gort by Madeleine Walsh. Knockdine Ash (Helen O’Brien, Miltown Malbay) finished two-and-a-half lengths behind Unknown Power, the 19.38 winner of an S8/S9 graded sprint. Noel Coote from Ennis had the first Clare winner of the night with his Drimeen Brownie in an S4-graded sprint. The son of Catunda Harry-Rathmeehan Angel got to the front at the opening bend and stayed there to beat Joinedupthinking, the moneyon favourite owned by Martin Keane, Kilmihil, by two and a quarter lengths The time was 19.27.

Ciara Burke from Miltown Malbay was the second Clare winner with Malbay Bawn in the next race, an S3-graded sprint. The son of Royal Impact-Rith Saor was slight favourite and after challenging for the lead in the run home, got up to win by a length-and-a-half in 19,36 to beat the Albert Long-trained Brickhill Lubos. The next Clare win was in a semi-final heat of an A6-graded 550 event. First to cross the line was Pat Be Slick, owned by Cooraclare native, Tommie Gallagher. Slow to get away from trap two, the 4-5 found his true form as the race progressed and with a strong finish had a length at the line from Hanover Blaze. The son of Hondo Black-Bling Bling Flo had a time of 31.06. The concluding three races were all won by Clare dogs, Pat O’Donoghue winning a final with

Fanore Rebel followed by Knoppogue Mate (Kinloch Brae-Climates Kewell) winning an A4graded 525 for owner-trainer, Donie Duggan from Rylane, Tulla. In second place for most of the A4-graded 525 race, the black came with a storming finish to overtake Spiddal Princess and win by a neck in 29.32. Third place went to Hold It Hades, owned by Liam Shannon in the Burren. Ennis owners Anthony Brigdale and Margaret Burns had the final say with their Blaze Phanter winning the last race on the card. Leos Bettina and Mine Echo enjoyed spells in front at the opening and second bends but Blaze Phanter (Hondo Black-Knockdrum Lady) got in front where it mattered most to win by one length in 29.30 from Mine Echo, owned in Quin by Frank Browne. ■ Oliver Hester, racing manager, Galway Greyhound Stadium, presents the winning trophy to Paddy Troy, Kilkee, after Lismadine Jack won the 2012 Betfair 600 Trial Stake. Also pictured are Michael Lillis, with Michael and Alan Troy.

EASTER TRIDIUM THE Easter ceremonies will begin on this Thursday with Mass of the Lord’s Supper in Cree at 6pm and Cooraclare at 8pm. The Good Friday ceremonies will be held in Cooraclare at 2pm and Cree at 5pm. The Easter Vigil ceremony will be in Cooraclare church at 8pm. Mass on Easter Sunday will be in Cree at 10am and Cooraclare at 11am. The newly formed parish choir will make it’s debut at the 11am mass in Cooraclare. Membership of the choir is open to non parishioners and rehearsals take place in St. Senan’s Church, Cooraclare each Tuesday at 8.30p.m. The choir will join other adult choirs of the Inis Cathaigh Cluster and of the Diocese for special liturgies throughout the year. TOASTMASTERS EVENING THE Kilrush and District Toastmasters Club will hold a demonstration evening at Tubridy’s Bar, Cooraclare on Thursday, April 12. All are welcome to come along and hear the goings-on of the club. There will be two speeches on the night together with impromptu speeches from locals as well as members of the club. This will be followed by a sing song and refreshments will be served. Start time is 9pm sharp and a fun night guaranteed. WALK FOR LIKE SPONSORSHIP cards for the 12th annual fundraising walk, organised by the West Clare Kidney Support Group, can be had locally from Ann Tubridy, Ruth Callinan or Bernie Tubridy. The walk will be held on Sunday, May 6 and the route is from The Square in Kilrush at 3pm to Cooraclare Village. All proceeds from the event will go to the Clare Branch of the Irish Kidney Association. COMMUNITY GAMES THE U-14 quiz team won gold at the county finals held in Ennis on last Friday night. The members were Roisín O’Connell, Alanah Mullins, Diarmuid Donnellan and Seán Martyn. They were coached by Michael Studdert on behalf of the Community Games. Meanwhile, the annual athletics field day will be held on May 7, Bank Holiday Monday, at 12 noon. There will be races for all ages, boys and girls and all are encouraged to come along and take part on the day. WORLD CHAMPION ONCE again Keeva Corry of Clohanbeg is a world champion as she won the U-12 title at the Irish Dancing World Championships held at Waterfront in Belfast last weekend. She already won the title in the U-11 competition held at City West last year. She was presented with the Perpetual World Globe, an award, sash and world medal on the occasion. AGEING WITH CONFIDENCE AN ageing with confidence course will run from April 10 for eight to 12 weeks every Tuesday morning in Cooraclare hall at 10am. The course is free and interested persons should contact Elaine on 087-1464932 or Gina 087-2658773. Booking is required. WEDDING BELLS MONICA Lillis, daughter of Mary and the late John of Churchtown, married Noel McMahon, son of T.J. and Ann of Monmore. They were married in St. Senan’s Church, Cooraclare followed by reception at The Falls Hotel, Ennistymon.


Planning for the Future ENNISTYMON Hurling and Football Clubs are holding a planning for the future workshop in The Falls Hotel on Friday night, April 13 commencing at 8.30pm. Club officers have issued an open invitation to anyone who wishes to have an input in to the future development of the GAA in the parish to attend. Areas of discussion will include facilities and structural development, coaching, finance, communication, administration and the enhancing of the club role in the broader community. Farmers’ Market ENNISTYMON Farmers’ Market returns on Easter Saturday for the 2012 season. The market is now in its third year and very popular with shoppers from the local area. Running every Saturday from 10am to 2pm at the West Clare Gallery, Ennis Road, opposite the Garda Station, the market offers locally produced goods. Ennistymon Farmers’ Market is currently inviting applications from new traders and all enquiries should be directed to Cate Conway on 0860536644 or to Walk or Jog A 5k run, walk or jog in aid of Ennistymon Hurling Club and The Sergio O’Connor Trust Fund will take place on Monday, April 9, starting at 11am. Registration will be accepted at Ennistymon GAA clubhouse from 9.30am to 10.30am and there will be refreshments afterwards for all participants.

Donie double in double-quick time A BLISTERING 28.79 run by the Donie Duggan-trained Tae Milis was all the talk at the Galway Greyhound Racing Stadium on Saturday night. In what was his very first outing, the son of Greenwell Storm-Class Time had tongues wagging by the manner in which he stormed home to victory in an A6-graded 525. The money-on favourite in trap five won the race to the opening bend and gradually pulled away from the rest of the field to win by six-and-a-half lengths with a very fast clock. It was a great win for trainer Duggan from Rylane, Tulla and Quin owner, Gerry McNamara. The runner-up was Hold It Heather, owned by Liam Shannon, Burren. The Rylane trainer had a great night at the College Road venue as he also had Peadars Touch in tip-top shape to win the top-graded race of the night for Shannon owner, Peter Russell. The even money favourite also had a fast clock – 28.97 – when winning the A2graded 525 by four-and-half lengths. Like

Another Tornado has arrived THE Ennis-owned Shes a Tornado was one of three winners for trainer, Paul Hennessy, who dominated first-round heats of the McCarthy Insurance Group Cork Oaks in Curraheen Park last Saturday night. Owned by Michael Hogan and Peter Mulligan, Shes a Tornado – a daughter of Droopys Scolari-Forest Holly - came to the Cork track with a fine reputation and was installed as the 4-7 favourite in heat two. She came away fast from trap one to lead all the way for a five-and-ahalf lengths win in an exciting 28.83 from Galtee Mandy. Shes A Tornado has won five of her seven races at Shelbourne Park, all with very fast clocks. Her winning clocks for open stakes were 28.62, 28.51 and 28.85. The Ennis owners won last year’s Irish St Leger in Limerick with What a Tornado, also trained by Paul Hennessy. The Kilkenny trainer completed his treble in Cork last Saturday night with Bryan and Kathleen Murphy’s Priceless Spark (28.79) and the John Brosnan-owned Tailteann Queen, who had the fastest first round clock (28.98). Draw for the semi-final heats next Saturday night: heat one, 1, Tailteann Queen, 2 Priceless Spark, 3 Smoke Pixie, 4, Shes a Tornado, 5 The Other Year, 6 Cougar Ping; heat two 1, Galtee Mandy, 2 Ballymac Cair, 3 Tiovoli Maeve, 4, Newlaw Martina, 5 Ballinclare Meg 6 Lass Cause. Uncle Eoin, owned by Kieron Fallon, Ballinruan and James Robinson, Athy, bowed out of the College Causeway-Killahahan Phanter Easter Cup at Shelbourne Park last Saturday night. He was well down the field in heat three, which was the race of the night, with a great tussle between Broadstrand Lad, the winner and Piercestown Sand. The winning distance was half a length in 29.81.

Tae Milis, he led at the opening bend and raced to a four-and-a-half lengths win from Outback Hotchner. Third was Knockdine Black (Michael O’Brien, Miltown Malbay). Kevin Fahey from Kiltartan again got his name among the winners as a result of his Corker Maldini crossing the line first in an A6-graded 525. The son of Droopys MaldiniSoviet Victoria was another who headed the field at the opening bend and race on for a five-and-a-half lengths win in 29.46. The recent run of good luck being enjoyed in Galway by Sean Hehir from Dunsallagh, Miltown Malbay, continued on Saturday night, his Dunsallagh Pride (Droopys ScolariDunsallagh Lucy) winning for the third time on the trot over four weeks. The money-on favourite showed great early pace from trap one to stretch into an early lead and go about his business for a six-length win in 19.23 in the S4-S5-graded sprint race. It was also a good trip from Inagh for owner-trainer Colman O’Loughlin, whose

Pal Duke returned to winning ways in an A4graded 525. Breaking from trap five, the son of Droopys Scolari-Cathy of Inagh was the one they all had to catch once the traps lifted. None succeeded as Pal Duke led all the way for his 29.32 win and in the process beat Winter Dream by a length and three quarters. There was a Gort win in the third sprint race of the night, an S6-graded affair. Slow from the start but going like a train in the run home, Forest Delight (Droopys MaldiniForest Ghost) won the race by half a length in 19.73 for trainer Maurice Mullaney and owner Philip Mullaney. Runner-up was Bees Wing, owned in Ennis by Frankie Sheehan and Michael Lillis and third place was filled by Fast Fit Mandy (John Quinn, Gort). Third home in an S8-S9 graded sprint was Evelyns Fancy (Michael Finn, Doonbeg) while I Remember Paddy (Frankie Sheehan, Ennis) was runner-up to the four-and-a-half lengths and 30.44 winner of an A20 A3-graded 550 yards race, Tyrur Sammon.

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Friday, April 6, 2012




League leaders drop points

THE race for the first division title intensified at the weekend when three of the leading contenders all dropped points. Leaders Rhine Rovers went under to Turnpike Rovers, while both Corofin Harps and Connolly Celtic were held to draws, all of which adds to the excitement as the league edges closer to concluding. Bridge United A Corofin Harps

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DARRAGH Shannon put Corofin Harps into the lead midway through the first half of this tie at Sixmilebridge Corofin held the lead until the mid-point of the second period

West County Hotel Clare & District Soccer League Fixtures Thursday 05/04/12 Clare U19 League Lees Road: Avenue United v Bridge United; M. Talty, 6.30 Friday 06/04/12 Husqvarna Maloney Garden Machinery Premier Division League Lees Road: Avenue United A v Lifford A; M. O’Brien, 6.30 Saturday 07/04/12 Clare U19 Cup ¼ Finals Sixmilebridge: Bridge United v Ennis Town Rock U19s; T. Corry, 2.30 Lisdoonvarna: Burren/Sporting v Corofin Harps; T. McInerney, 11.00 McDonagh Pk: Newmarket Celtic v Avenue United; S. Ryan, 2.30 Note: In event of a draw 10 mins e/w extra time and penalties if necessary. Sunday 08/04/12 Husqvarna Maloney Garden Machinery Premier Division League Fairgreen: Hermitage A v Shannon Olympic A; J. Stanford, 2.00 McDonagh Pk: Newmarket Celtic A v Ennis Town Rock; M. O’Brien, 11.00 Scariff: Mountshannon Celtic v Tulla United A; J. Murray, 11.00 Lets Bet Sports Bookmakers First Division League Bunratty: Bunratty Cratloe A v Bridge United A; M. Talty, 11.00 Kilmaley School: Connolly Celtic v Avenue United B; D. McCarthy, 5.00 Lees Road: Rhine Rovers v Turnpike Rovers; P. Gleeson, 11.00 SEL Print Second Division League Sixmilebridge: Bridge United B v Kildysart Celtic; D. Donnellan, 2.30 Fairgreen: Hermitage B v Inch Crusaders; M. Maxwell, 11.00 Lahinch: Sporting Ennistymon v Manus Celtic; M. Monaghan, 11.00 Suttons Lighting Third Division League Shannon: Shannon Olympic B v Lifford B; D. Brosnan, 11.00 Kilkishen: Kilkishen Celtic v Bunratty Cratloe B; F. Coote, 2.30 Monday 09/04/12 Suttons Lighting Third Division League Fairgreen: Hermitage C v West Clare FC; D. Donnellan, 11.00 Clare U19 League Corofin: Corofin Harps v Avenue United; J. Murray, 2.30 Lees Road: Ennis Town Rock U19s v Newmarket Celtic; T. White, 11.00 Wednesday 04/04/12 Husqvarna Maloney Garden Machinery Premier Division League Shannon: Shannon Olympic A v Mountshannon Celtic; D. McCarthy, 6.45 McDonagh Pk: Newmarket Celtic A v Lifford A; M. O’Brien, 6.45 Lisdoonvarna: Burren United v Avenue United A; P. Gleeson, 6.45 Lets Bets Sports Bookmakers First Division League Corofin: Corofin Harps v Connolly Celtic; J. Murray, 6.45 Lees Road: Avenue United B v Bridge United A; T. White, 6.45 Bridgetown: Bridge Celtic v Bunratty Cratloe A; F. Coote, 6.45 Lees Road: Rhine Rovers v Kilrush Rangers; J. Stanford, 6.45 Thursday 12/04/12 SEL Print Second Division League Lahinch: Sporting Ennistymon v Kildysart Celtic; D. Brosnan, 6.45 Gort: Coole FC v Hermitage B; M. Monaghan, 6.45 Sixmilebridge: Bridge Utd B v Newmarket Celtic B; T. Kennedy, 6.45 Suttons Lighting Third Division League Cragg Tulla: Tulla United B v Shannon Olympic B; T. McInerney, 6.45 Kilmihil: St Pats v West Clare FC; F. Coote, 6.45 Note: In all League & Cup matches where home pitch is unplayable match automatically reverts to away teams pitch where possible. Note: The next CDSL delegate meeting will take place on Monday 16th April at 8pm in the West County Hotel. All outstanding registration fees due on the night. Note: All results to be with Michael Lydon on 086-8380006 immediately after games otherwise a €40 fine will be incurred.

when Tom White scored an equaliser for the home side. His goal came just after Brian Halpin had been sent off. Bridge United A: John Mulready; Donald Devanney, Jonathon Downes, Dominick Murphy Johnnie Hayes; Tom White, Damian Murray, Christy Griffin, Darragh Fitzgerald Jamie O’Gorman, Gavin Downes. Subs: Kieran Quinlan for O’Gorman; Brendan Murphy for D Murphy. Corofin Harps: Niall O’Connor Brendan Neylon John Keane, Brendan Keane, Stephen Quinn, Jason Tierney, Ian Hassett, Ronnie Meere, Fergal Neylon, Darragh Shannon Brian Halpin. Subs: Luke O’Loughlin Stephen Keane. Connolly Celtic Bridge Celtic

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TITLE chasing Connolly Celtic were held to a draw by Bridge Celtic at Kilmaley on Sunday. The hero of the day was Alan Markham, who scored the equaliser in the final minute, earning them what could yet prove to be a very valuable point. The visitors had the better of the opening half and led 42 at half time. They took the lead through Trevor Howard but Connolly hit back with goals from Bernard Field and Yan Feck to take the lead. Dean Sinnott levelled for the O’Briensbridge outfit and further goals from Howard and Sinnott left them two goals clear at the break. Bernard Field struck for his second and his side’s third soon after the break and they snatched the leveller from Markham just before the full time whistle. When Connolly had Brendan Dillon sent off early in the second half Bridge Celtic looked to be in control but it was the home side who dominated the exchanges in the remaining period. Connolly Celtic: Niall Quinn; Alan Markham, Brian Connellan, Keith O’Looney, Barry Lynch, Bernard Field, John Kelly, John P Healy, Brendan Dillon; Yan Feck, Desi Mollohan. Subs: Kenneth Kennedy for O’Looney; Lobi Beta for Healy; Kieran Dillon for Kelly. Bridge Celtic: Paul O’Connell; Diarmuid Ahern, Pat Conway, Stephen Howard, Fergal Lyons; Trevor Howard, Daniel Ahern, Paul McEvoy, Dean Sinnott; Alan Conway, Kevin

McEvoy. Sub: Seamus Gleeson. Turnpike Rovers Rhine Rovers

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TURNPIKE Rovers put a dent in Rhine Rovers title hopes with this win on Sunday. The all-important goal came at the start of the second half from Jason Hayes and after the score they found themselves under severe pressure for the remainder of the game. Despite this, however, the visitors failed to breach the Pike defence. Turnpike Rovers: Ian Mounsey; Donnacda Hassett, Shane Moroney, Sean Dobbins, Darren Daly, James Keane, Dermot Gannon, Mark Woods, Brendan Dobbins, Jason Hayes, Eric Hayes. Subs: David Flynn for B Dobbins, John Ferns for Woods; William O’Keeffe for Daly. Rhine Rovers: Aidan O’Connor; Jamie Fahy, Martin McInerney, Paul Johnston, Cillian Duggan, Mark Hanrahan, Ivor White, Davy O’Brien, Johnnie O’Brien, Stephen Monaghan, Chris O’Brien. Subs: Kevin Johnson for Hanrahan; Gary Hogan for Monaghan. Bunratty/Cratloe A Avenue United B

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BUNRATTY-Cratloe A came from behind four times in this tie at Woulfe Park before striking for the winner in injury time to keep their drive for promotion alive. Michael Hayes, Paul Butler, Ally McMillan and Ronan Hayes (2) were the scorers for the winners while Avenue’s replies came from Jack Walsh, Dara Kerin, Neil Slattery (penalty) and Eamonn O’Reilly. Bunratty-Cratloe A: Pierce DeLoughrey; Philip Counihan, Gearóid O’Connell, Brian McMillan, Sean Hynan, Sean McDonald, Ronan Hayes, Mickey Madden, Ally McMillan, Michael Hayes, Paul Butler. Subs: Michael Hawes, Wes De Loughrey. Avenue United B: Killian Culligan; Shane Browne, Eamonn O’Reilly, Cian Darcy, Pa Sherlock, Neil Slattery, Mick Shiel, Conor O’Brien, Eoin O’Loughlin, Jack Walsh, Dara Kerin. Subs: Josh Lynch for C O’Brien (inj); Simon McDonagh for O’Loughlin.


Avenue on top Avenue United A 3 Hermitage A 0 GOALS from Con Collins (2) and David Smith gave Avenue victory over Hermitage in this premier league tie played on Monday evening.

Avenue A: Liam Deasy; Mattie Nugent, David Russell, Alex Zmusko, Simon Cuddy; Con Collins, colin Smith, David Smith, David Herlihy; Barry Nugent, Mikey Mahoney; Subs: Ciarán McManus for Mahoney.

Derg U-18s pipped LOUGH Derg U-18s played Ballymackey away on last Wednesday in the North Tipperary & District League Youths division and lost 4-3. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, March 31, but the clubs agreed to play in mid-week. After going in at the interval 2-0 down Lough Derg team returned to play reinvigorated and worked hard and with ten minutes to go it was tied-up at 3-3 and all-to-play for. With five minutes remaining, Ballymackey scored the winning goal. Having been reduced to 10 players due to injury it was to big a hurdle to overcome for ‘The Lakers’. The goals were scored by, Jason Comley, Noel McInerney and Ray Webster. Both Ray and Noel went off injured and Lough Derg finished the game with ten men. The team was Emmet Hanly, Seamus Monaghan, Alex Huddleston, Ray Webster (Barra O’Duabhaill), Sean Hickey, Cal Sherin, Noel McInerney, Chris Downing, Nathan Wood, Conor Lynch and Jason Comley. On Tuesday, March 27, the LDFC U-14s had a good 6-0 win over Nenagh in Ballina. From the kick off Lough

Derg were on the attack and in less than a minute they took the lead with a fine chip over the keeper by Colin Harte. Some fine goalkeeping by Nenagh kept the Lough Derg attack at bay until a 20-minute spell of excellent team play by Lough Derg produced further goals for James Donaldson, Conor Federico and another three goals for Colin Harte. Trailing by 6-0 at half time, the Nenagh team came out fighting and came close on a couple of occasions only to be denied by a resolute Lough Derg defence and an in form Dan Connolly in goal. Lough Derg were unable to add to their goal tally in the second half, although both Adam Conroy and William Ramirez came close. The members of the team were Dan Connolly, David O’Shea, Evan McNamara, Ethan Boyle, Conan O’Sullivan, Francis Kelly, Luke Mills Morris, Declan Kinehan, Colin Harte, Conor Federico (capt), James Donaldson, Adam Conroy, Conall Coleman, Ian Kennedy, William Ramirez. An U-14 game home game versus Puckane on Saturday was postponed.

(Above) ■ Micheal Crosby keeps possession from Owen Cahill of Hermitage B. (Below) ■ Kerin Crosby of Newmarket Celtic A clashes in mid-air with Martin Mulqueen. Photograph by John Kelly

First half goals vital for Celtic Hermitage B Newmarket Celtic B

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NEWMARKET Celtic B travelled to the Fairgreen on Sunday and accounted for Hermitage B in this league tie. A goal from Michael Crosby and a penalty from Martin Mulqueen had them two goals ahead before Brian McMahon pulled one back for the home side when he converted a penalty. Hermitage B: Eoin Slattery; Cyril Casey, Danny Russell, Robert Ford, Kenneth Kelly; Brian McMahon, Cathal Keane, Eoin Cahill, Cormac O’Neill, Michael Singleton, Francis Franks. Newmarket Celtic B: Kevin Corbett; Kieran Crosby, Conor Cusack, Derek Moynihan, Chris Noonan; David Barrett, Martin Mulqueen, Danny Conway, Martin Frawley, Martin O’Nill, Michael Crosby. Subs: Chris Lake, Ciaran McCoy. Bridge United B Sporting Ennistymon

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SPORTING Ennistymon made the trip to Sixmilebridge on Sunday where they proved too strong for the home side and ran out comfortable winners. They led from the start and were 3-1 in front at half-time. they could and should have been further ahead at this stage but failed to convert a number of good chances. Scorers for the winners on the day were Kieran Monaghan, Sean McConigley (2) and Cathal McConigley. Albert Finnan scored for the home side from the penalty spot. Bridge United B: John Mulready; Mark Hehir, Albert Finnan, Billy Maxwell, Sa O’Sullivan, Paul; Corbett, Tommy Liddy Mike McNamar,a Gerg Deegan Ricky Maxwell, Mike White. Subs: Jay White for Maxwell; Jacko Keane for Corbett. Sporting Ennistymon: Richard Leigh; Padraig Kenneally, John Mullane, Thomas McConigley, Mark Burke, Michael O’Dwyer, Michael Leigh, Cathal McConigley, Damian Flanagan, Sean McConigley, Ciaran Monaghan. Subs: Jamesie McConigley, Padraig Flynn. Coole FC Manus Celtic

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COOLE FC led twice in this tie but a strong finish from Manus Celtic ensured victory for the Clarecastle based outfit Kyle McCarthy put the home side ahead but

Seanie Moloney equalised for the visitors before Coole were reduced to ten when Danielo Bento was sent off. Despite being a man short, Kyle went back in front when McCarthy scored his second. In the final ten minutes Manus struck twice with goals from Michael Geraghty and Donogh Murphy. Coole FC: Chris Reilly; Alex Bruckard, Kalen Higgins, Ricky Prince, Dave Franklin, Matthew Kerrigan, Savi Amores, Anthony Coppinger, March Donovan Kyle McCarthy, Danielo Bento. Subs: Aidan O’Boyle and Jason Grealish. Manus Celtic: Andrew Page Aidan Browne, Michael Malone, Kevin Clohessy, Barry Malone; Conor Plunkett, Seanie Moloney, Darren McDonagh, Donogh Murphy, Michael Geraghty, John Pyne. Kildysart Celtic Ruan United

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KILDYSART Celtic had to survive a strong finish from Ruan United before capturing the points in this league tie at Cahercon.

Damian Hill scored in the first minute for the winners following a Paudge McMahon cross. Ruan had the better of matters for the rest of the half but failed to turn this into scores. Early in the second half, Damian Hill was sent off but they doubled their advantage when Pat Coffey scored and they made it 3-0 when Gerry Finn converted a penalty. A strong finish from Ruan United put the home side under pressure. Con or Reeves scored five minutes from time and Paul Dinan had a second in injury time. Kildysart Celtic: Keith Murphy; Kieran Connelly, Eoin Griffin, Keith O’Connor,Brian Ayers; Liam Finn, Pat Coffey, Christy Clancy, Paudge McMahon; Gerry Finn, Damian Hill Subs: Francie Nealon for Finn; Kieran Leahy for McMahon; Damian O’Shea for Clancy. Ruan United: Gavin Dinan; Dean Lee, Fergus Casey, Willie Treacy, Jonathon Clohessy; Karl Mahoney, Jason Morris, Barry Cusack, Hugh O’Donnell, Patrick Keegan, Paul Dinan. Subs: Conor Reeves for Mahoney; David Burke for Morris; Ronan Leahy for Clohessy.


Kilkishen Celtic on promotion trail West Clare FC Kilkishen Celtic

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KILKISHEN Celtic kept up their strong push for the third division title and promotion when they beat fellow promotion hopefuls West Clare at Kilrush on Sunday. The game started brightly for the home side who scored through Enda Doyle but when the half time whistle sounded they were two down after the visitors had added three, the first a penalty from Paul Murphy who went onto score a hat trick. Midway through the second half the visitors had Derek Canny sent off on a second yellow card but they continued to dominate. Fergus Donovan and Eoin Pewter were their other goal scorers. West Clare: Nigel Dillon; Sean Kelleher, Damian Honan, Barry Murphy, Hugh McNally, Daithi O’Brien, Enda Doyle, Matthew Moloney, Jamie Russell, Brian Harte, Jason Russell. Subs: Gearóid Russell, Gearóid Lynch. Kilkishen Celtic: Brian Cul-

bert, James Hook, Strevie Dconnerllan,Matt Holmes, Flan McMahon, John Cooney, Derek Canny, Shane McInerney, Eoin Pewter, Fergus Donovan, Pauyl Murphy. Subs: Alan McInerney, Colm Gleeson Mark Pewter. Shannon Olympic B Kilmaley United

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KILMALEY scored an important win over Shannon Olympic B in this league tie at Shannon on Sunday to keep their hopes of promotion alive. Pat Sherlock gave the winners the lead but the home side equalised through Declan Collins. The winner came in the second half from Ger Healy. Shannon Olympic B: Declan Collins, Aidan Boreland, Declan McManus, Conor Flynn, Greg Keane, Adam Kelly, Felipe Reyes, Brian Barry, Reece Maloney, Grzegorz Zmija, Ryan Kamper. Subs: Cian O’Brien, Terry O’Donnell, Cathal McKee. Kilmaley United: Daniel Drew-

iecki, Noel Healy, Mark Healy, Pat Sherlock, Gerard Healy; Matt Foudy, Gavin Cording, Sean O’Flanagan, Tommy Cronin; John Molloy, John Sherlock. Subs: Shane Constaple, Adrian McDonagh. Hermitage C Bunratty/Cratloe B

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BUNRATTY-Cratloe B won this league tie at the Fairgreen on Sunday with a goal in each half. They took the lead five minutes before half time and doubled their advantage five minutes into the second half. Their scorers were Pat O’Halloran and John Liddane. Hermitage C: Jason Carmody; Niall Cleary, Mick Culligan, Neil Mulqueen, Oisin O’Donnell, Kevin Ruane, Eamonn Moloney, Sean Kelleher, Shane Talty, Mike Thousiffer, Darren Lynch. Subs: Conor Liddy, David Cahill, Jamie Kenneally. Bunratty-Cratloe: Andreas Sheynin; John O’Halloran, John Murphy, Cathal Jones, Pat O’Halloran,

John Liddane, Daniel Reeves, David Quinn, Paul Linton, David Kerins, Colin Melody. Sub: Danny Hanson. Treaty Celtic Tulla United B

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GOALS from Keith Walsh, and Martin Floyd (2) helped Tulla United B to this comfortable win over Treaty Celtic on Sunday. They led through Walsh’s goal at the break. Treaty Celtic: Tadhg Cronin; Conor Cronin, Noel Nash, Sean O’Regan, Joe Cusack; Declan O’Halloran, Brendan Healy, Barry Moylan, Martin McCarthy; Johnnie Clifford, Alan Considine. Subs: David Nolan, Colm O’Shea, Shane Hayes. Tulla United B: Darragh Kelly; Phil Browne, Declan Curran, Brendan Hannon, John O’Hagan Gerry Ryan, John Brigdale, Martin Floyd, Shane McNamara, Alan Leamy, Keith Walsh. Subs: Cathal Hannon, Keith Lenihan, Niall Leamy.

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Clare Champion




Lahinch event honours MacKenzie designer (16) with three up. Mary Sadlier won the gross with six down.

Sports Editor Seamus Hayes ■ The Avenue United side who were defeated by Crumlin United last Sunday.

Avenue’s brave fight just falls short Crumlin United 2 Avenue United 0

CRUMLIN United accounted for Avenue United in a lively FAI U-17 Umbro Cup semifinal at Pearse Park in Dublin on Sunday. Played on a surface that the Ennis side would not be used to, both sides served up some excellent football. The two sides were tentative in the early stages but once they settled, the Clare side matched their fancied opponents throughout the pitch. Avenue centre-forward Brian Corry created space on the right and when his effort was blocked, it led to the game’s first corner. Kaylan O’Loughlin and Paddy O’Malley saw their efforts go over the bar following two free kicks. Crumlin’s first real chance came after 17 minutes and Nathan Murray had to be sharp to deny Clay Stafford. Overall, Avenue had the better of the first-half exchanges but their failure to capitalise on the chances that

came their way proved costly. The second half began in marked contrast to the first, with the Dubliners dominating proceedings. They gave warning early on when in the 50th minute Mark Sanford set up Sam Verdon but Murray in the Avenue goal saved well. Murray again was called into action five minutes later and while he again proved equal to the task, his parried save from Philly Daly unfortunately struck one of his defenders and ended up in the net to give the home side the all-important lead goal. Avenue responded to this with some determined play but it was the eventual winners who came close to extending their lead on 70 minutes when a Sam Verdon long-range effort from near the touchline came back into play off the right-hand post of the Avenue goal. In the dying seconds of the game the same player got his name on the scoresheet when he timed his lobbed effort perfectly to beat the stranded Murray, who had raced from

his line. The AstroTurf playing surface may have taken a toll on the visitors, particularly in the second period but the home side took their chances in that second period and had some very good players on show in Sanford, Verdon and Clifford. Playing competitive games on AstroTurf is new to Avenue, whereas Crumlin use that surface every week and, in fact, haven’t been beaten at this venue for a number of years. Avenue credit have flown the Clare flag high in this season’s competition and ‘keeper Murray, defenders O’Loughlin and Casey and midfielders Fennell and Twumasi can look back on their performances with pride. Avenue United: Nathan Murray; Luke Hayes, Paddy O’Malley, Kaylan O’Loughlin, Dylan Casey; Eimhin Courtney, Eanna Fennell, Nicki Twumasai, Segun Junaid, Brian Corry, Evan Twomey. Subs: Gary Roche and Darren Costelloe. Subs not used: Lee Quirke and Lee O’Callaghan.


First defeat for Newmarket Ennis Town Rock Newmarket Celtic

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IN winning their Clare area FAI Junior Cup quarter-final at Lees Road at the weekend, Ennis Town Rock became the first Clare club to beat Newmarket Celtic in a competitive tie this season. Newmarket took the lead when Darren Cullinan scored from a free kick but shortly afterwards the winners levelled when David Reidy was on target. The winning goal came 10 minutes from time from Niall McNevin.

Ennis Town Rock: Stephen Loftus; Jason White, Gary Walsh, Shane Daniels, Francis Daniels, Gary Browne, Rowan Eade, Adrian Walsh, Ritchie Neylon, David Reidy, Niall McNevin. Subs: Matthew Kearney. Newmarket Celtic: Trevor O’Donnell; David O’Grady, Seamus Lawlor, Colm Treacy; Darren Cullinan, Kieran Devitt, Stephen Kelly, Neil Ryan, Seamusa Considine; Daithí O’Connell, Gary Collins. Subs: Ronan McCormack for Considine, Mike Devitt for Treacy, Alan Kelly for Collins, Paudie Hayes for S Considine and Jason Casey for K Devitt.

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What dreams are made of THE John Giles Foundation is looking for people to get their walking shoes on again for this year’s Walk of Dreams, which will take place May 7 at 20 locations nationwide, including Ennis. This will be the second Walk of Dreams. Last year, the initiative involved more than 25,000 participants and raised a total of €360,000, which went into club and community projects throughout the country. The 2012 Walk of Dreams will include five new venues and will bring together the football family to raise funds for the work being done by the John Giles Foundation. The walks will take place in Sligo Town, Belmullet, Galway City, Ennis, Limerick City, Tralee, Cork City, Mallow, Dunmanway, Athlone, Monaghan Town, Thurles, Lismore, Wexford Town, Dundalk and Dublin on May 7 and in Inishowen, Letterkenny on July 14, in Waterford City on May 6 and Westport on April 28. The foundation was established to use football as a vehicle for social change, to build community cohesion, increase participation and improve health and education by providing funding to help football in clubs, schools and community groups. Half of the funds raised will be retained by participating football clubs, while the other half will go to the foundation for community football projects. John Giles said, “Last year’s walk showed the power of the football family to turn out en masse and raise funds for club and community projects through the foundation. Following the walks, €360,000 raised went into community projects benefiting young people in 62 projects nationwide. This year, the number of walks will grow to 20 and we look forward to demonstrating, through the numbers walking for a great cause, the important role that football plays in Irish community life.” The Ennis leg will start and finish in Lees Road Sports Complex.

Easter Soccer Sisters Camps THE FAI hosted three successful FAI Easter Soccer Sister camps this week for girls aged seven to 12. The camps were supervised by Garda-vetted and FAI-qualified coaches and took place at Kilmaley National School, Tulla United and Shannon Comprehensive School. All three host clubs were thrilled to see the large turnout at each camp, as they prepare their teams for the upcoming CSSL season.

Kennedy Cup 2012 THE draw for this year’s SFAI Kennedy Cup Tournament sees Clare in Group 4, where they will face Wexford, Roscommon and Inishowen. On Monday, June 11, Clare will face Wexford at 5pm and on Tuesday, June 12 they will play Roscommon at 12noon and Inishowen at 7pm. The Clare squad continued their preparations this week when they travelled to Carlow for a three-day training camp, supervised by the sports science department of Carlow IT. The squad played matches against the Carlow League and the Midlands League and were addressed by the Republic of Ireland U-15 international manager, who gave them advice on several areas and also briefed them on the next stages for players in the FAI Emerging Talent Programme after the Kennedy Cup Tournament.

FAIS Primary Schools Five A Sides THE FAIS Primary Schools Five-A-Side Competition will take place on Wednesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 26 at Lees Road Sports Complex, Ennis. The medium and large school competitions will be held on the Wednesday and the small school sections will be held on the Thursday. The eventual winner in each section will progress to the Munster finals to be held in Tralee this year. For further details and entry forms, go to

Readers’ competition The FAI are offering two tickets to the Republic of Ireland vs Bosnia International Friendly Match on May 26 in the Aviva Stadium. To be in with a chance of winning, answer the following question:

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OVER 100 members from MacKenzie-designed golf courses across the world will be in Lahinch next month for the annual international get together for members of Dr Alister MacKenzie-designed courses. Teams from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Britain and the USA will join their Lahinch counterparts from May 14 to 17. This is the sixth staging of an event that started in MacKenzie’s home in Pasatiempo in California. Lahinch requested to host this event and their application was successful. In 1927, the great golf architect Alister MacKenzie was invited to submit a design for a new layout. The re-design work took one year to complete and featured undulating triple-tiered greens. MacKenzie said, “Lahinch will make the finest and most popular course that I, or I believe anyone else, has ever constructed”. After Lahinch, MacKenzie went on to design, among others, Augusta National, Cypress Point and Royal Melbourne. “There has been a wonderful response and we will have 61 ladies and 51men participating,” explained Ann O’Sullivan of the Lahinch organising committee. A round of golf at the Greg Norman-designed Doonbeg course is included on the Monday for the visitors. On Monday evening, the official flagraising ceremony will take place at 6.30pm, followed by a reception and dinner in the clubhouse. A tour of the Burren has been organised for Tuesday and this will include a visit to O’Connor’s in Doolin, where there will be a traditional music session to entertain the visitors. “There will be a ladies team-of-four competition on the championship course on Wednesday and Thursday, while the men will play the Castle Course on Wednesday and the Championship Course on Thursday. There is a huge emphasis on sociability and the whole theme is friendship. In fact, the cup that will be presented is named the Friendship Cup,” explained Ann. “It will be a great boost to the local economy, with over 100 people staying in the area for the week.” Participants will play with visitors from different clubs and the pairings will change each day. At the conclusion of play on Thursday, there will be a prize-giving reception in the clubhouse, followed by a farewell ceremony. Meanwhile, Frank Considine (10) was the winner of the singles competition at Lahinch on Saturday with 44 points. James O’Connor (10) was second with 40 points with Michael Hennessy (6) third with 38 points. Aaron McNulty won the gross with 34 points. Stephen (5) and Michael Hennessy (6) won Sunday’s fourball competition with 44 points from PJ O’Dea (14) and Gearóid Williams (13) with 43 points. In third spot were John Morris (10) and Michael Vaughan (10) with 43 points. The ladies’ 14-hour competition on the Castle Course on Sunday was won by Jenny Cagney (14) with 29 points. In the ladies singles v par competition on the championship course, Gráinne Hennessy (15) was the winner with four up from Angela Cullinan (12) with three up, Jenny Cagney (15) with three up and Georgina O’Brien

Ennis ENNIS seniors group held a modified scramble on Thursday last when the winners, with 79 points, were Colm McNevin, Gerry Gilligan and Conor Murphy. In second place were Noel Ruane, Michael Finn and John McEntee on 76 points, followed by Joe O’Brien, Maurice Walshe and Ferdy O’Donoghue on 75, Pat Cusack, Sean Ryan and Michael Nunan on 74 and John Keane (ESB), Bill Leacy and Tom Pender on 74. In the ladies monthly medal competition, the winner of the silver section was Yvonne Keohane from Maura McNicholas, while the bronze medal section was won by Aideen Considine from Eileen J Corry. The men’s club singles competition on Sunday was won by Tony McInerney with 41 points from Morgan Lahiffe on a similar score. In third spot was Cyril Corry, followed by Tony McEnery and they also had 41 points. In fifth spot with 39 points was Gerard Hannon on 39 points.

Woodstock THE semi-finals of the Spring League took place at Woodstock on Sunday and, as a result, Jason Dormer’s team will play Adrian Kearney’s team. In the semi-final, Dormer’s team scored a 3-1 win over Mike Reen’s team with Dormer, Liam O’Connor and Andrew Mason winning against Reen, John O’Connor and Joe Casey. In the other match, Aaron Donegan beat Dermot O’Neill. In the other semi-final, Adrian Kearney’s side was victorious over Conor Brennan’s team and the score was also 3-1 with Kearney, Paul Sherlock and Tony Barrett beating Brennan, Tom Dormer and Eugene Quinn. Alan Garrihy accounted for James McMahon in the remaining match. In the weekend club singles, Kevin Toner (11) won with 40 points from Joe Davis (12) with 39 points and Tommy Flynn (10) with 38 points. In the ladies’ section, Joan Barrett was the winner on Sunday with 30 points from Mary Sadlier on 29 points. The nine-hole March winner was Mairéad Carroll with 56 points. There will be an open fourball this Saturday and Sunday, while there will be an open singles every Wednesday from now until October. The club mixed will start this Thursday at 5.30pm.

Shannon THE winner of the open singles at Shannon last week was Lewy Halpin junior (3) with 41 points from Ted Hurley (18), who had a similar score. In third spot was Michael Condon (15) with 40 points, while the gross was won by Paul O’Neill with 38 points. The winner of the ladies’ singles last week was Deirdre Hennessy (22) with 73 from Catherine Vaughan (11) with 74, Lynn Kelly (18) with 75 and Yoka Walsh (34) with 76 nett. The gross was won by Jean Murphy Wright (9) with 86.

Dromoland THE weekend’s singles Stableford competition at Dromoland was won by Cathal Kilmartin with 36 points from Jason O’Leary and Nicky Duggan, who had a similar score.

Sports BRIEFS U-10 Go Games THERE will be an U-10 hurling Go Games blitz this Saturday at seven venues as follows: Crusheen will host Ballyea, Sixmilebridge and Ogonnelloe; ClooneyQuin will host Broadford, An Boithrín and Clarecastle; Ruan will host Kilmaley, Dal gCais-Naomh Fhlannain and Cratloe; St Joseph’s DooraBarefield will host Corofin, Tubber and Inagh-Kilnamona; Wolfe Tones will host O’Callaghan’s Mills, Na Fianna and Smith O’ Brien’s; Clonlara will host Scariff, Feakle-Killanena and Bodyke and Parteen will host Whitegate, Meelick and Tulla.

U-8 football IN U-8 Gaelic football, there will be a series of blitz outings this Saturday: Doonbeg will host O’Curry’s, Kilkee, Kilmihil and Naomh Eoin; Cooraclare will host Lissycasey, Kilmurry Ibrickane, Kilrush and Miltown; Kildysart will host Clondegad, Shannon Gaels and Lissycasey; Wolfe Tones will host Cratloe and An Bothrín; Doora-Barefield will host Na Fianna and Dal gCais/Flannan’s and St Breckan’s will host Corofin.

Run/walk/cycle CLARE Camogie is holding a charity 10km run/walk/cycle next Monday at 1.30pm from the Fr Michael McNamara Memorial Field at Bunnow on the Quin Road. “This is the first time that

In the category for over 18 handicaps, Gerry Malone was the winner with 31 points, while Edmond Moriarty won the junior section with 36 points. Next weekend’s competition will be a singles Stableford with re-entry. In the ladies’ Stableford competition, the winner was Katrina O’Neill (30) with a score of 43 points from Mary Arthur (17), who had a score of 35 points. with Beate Porter (26) on 34 points in third spot. Sunday’s competition is a bumper medal stroke event with a timesheet in operation.

East Clare IN the men’s singles matchplay qualifier at East Clare, Pat McKenna (11) was the winner with 42 points from Tony McMahon (12) with a similar score. Jim Varley (18) was third with 41 points. In the ladies’ 18-hole singles, Trish Browne was the winner from Noreen Doyle with Catherine Murphy in third spot. The final qualifiers in the Winter League are the teams led by William O’Brien, Jim Dunne, Kevin Mannion and Tony Scott. The men’s club will hold their masters green jacket 18-hole singles stroke competition this Friday and Saturday. The ladies’ club will have an 18-hole Stableford competition. There will be a team-of-three competition on Monday.

Spanish Point AS part of the preparations for their first-round J B Carr match in Spanish Point against the home club, the members of the Woodstock panel paid a visit to familiarise themselves with the course on Tuesday last and took part in the senior open, which is played each Tuesday. In general, they were impressed with the condition of the course and from an entry of nearly 40, two of their members took first and third places and team manager Brendan McNamara, together with his players, is looking forward to the match against the locals, which tees off at 2pm this Thursday. The winner was Tom Malone (36), Woodstock with 36 points, from Len Wilson (15) with 35 points and Tom Dormer (14), Woodstock with 34 points. In the Friday open, the winner was Mick Reilly (20) with 39 points. The club singles last weekend was played in excellent conditions and the scoring reflected the sunny calm day, with Joe O’Rourke (15) shooting a great score of 46 points to win. In second place was Michael Hillery (15) with 42 points, followed by Martin Casey (19), also with 42 points. Next up is the Easter Hamper on Saturday and Sunday and there will be an open singles on Easter Monday. Time sheets are in the clubhouse. Geraldine Reddan (24) was winner of the Easter hamper competition with a score of 38 points. In second place was Kathleen Haugh (32) with a score of 37 points and third was Mary Ryan (36) with 35 points. Last weekend’s three-ball scramble was won by Martina Skerritt, Tanya Carroll and Clare McNamara on a score of 63 nett . There will be a nine-hole Easter competition this weekend.

Gort THE winners of the men’s 18-hole scotch foursomes at Gort were Col-

man (3) and Gerry Cooney (18) with 62.5. They won from Trevor Cummins (7) and Pat Boyle (14) with 63.5 and David Quirke (3) and Andy Turner (21) with 64. Monday’s open singles was won by Brendan Hanniffy (12) with 40 points from Tony Curran (13) with 38 points. The gross was won by Brian Murtagh (9) with 29 points. This Easter weekend, there will be an open 18-hole singles competition. In the ladies’ section, the singles competition winner was Maura Hanrahan with 39 points from Sue Madden with a similar score and Ann Jorday with 38 points. The gross was won by Bernie Diskin with 25 points. In the open singles, the winner was Siobhán Forde with 35 points.


THE Sean Cleary fundraiser on Sunday in Portumna was won by Shane Duffy (17) with 44 points from Andrew McCarty (15) with 43 points. Third spot was filled by TJ O’Callaghan (28) with 40 points, fourth by Pat Flynn (10) with 39 points, fifth by Fergal Connelly (17) with 37 points and sixth by Mike Flanagan (19) with 37 points. The gross was won by Billy McGarry (scratch) from Joe Lyons (scratch), Birr. In the ladies’ 18-hole Stableford competition, Birgt Degenhardt (22) was the winner with 39 points from Ann Cassidy (4) on 39 points and Caroline Carr (27) on 38 points. Last week’s scotch foursome was won by Anne Fahy and Bríd Kelly from Ann Cassidy and Róisín O’Byrne. Last week’s Monday open was won by David Cleary (14) with 43 points from James O’Meara (17) with 40 points and Joe Doyle (23) with 40 points. The gross was won by JP McLoughlin (2) with 40 points. There will be an open fourball this weekend. A group from the ladies club had a very enjoyable outing last Saturday to Roscrea Golf Club. The club will host its first open father and son fourball on Good Friday.

Clarecastle GAA

AS part of its 125th anniversary celebrations, Clarecastle GAA Club is holding a 125 Golf Classic at Ennis Golf Club on Saturday, April 21. Teams of four are asked to enter. For more information or to book a tee-off time, contact John Normoyle at 086 8050515.

O’Callaghan’s Mills GAA

O’CALLAGHAN’S Mills GAA Club will hold its annual golf classic at East Clare on Friday and Saturday to raise funds for the running of the club. Full details are available from club officials, including Michael O’Brien (chairman), Joe Cooney and Neil O’Brien.

Éire Óg

EAMONN Sheehy was the winner of the Éire Óg society’s outing to Portumna last Saturday with 41 points. Seamus Durack was in second place with 39 points, with Sean Heaslip in third spot with 38. Gerry Hannon won the guests section with 39 points. The society’s next outing will be to Galway Bay on Saturday, April 28.

CYCLING Clare Camogie is organising an event of this magnitude and we are delighted to be partnering with Clare Haven. Clare Haven will be a beneficiary of funds raised through this venture,” explained a spokesperson for the club. There will be a goody bag for participants and medals for the first three home in the run, walk and cycle in the following age categories: in the 10km: U-16, U-40, O40 and in the 5km: medals for first, second and third. People can register in advance through their local camogie club or by contacting Orla at 087 2417355 or Michelle at 087 2383128. There will be registration on the day from 11.30am. The route for the 10km walk/run/cycle will start at the new pitch, head into town to the roundabout at Station Road, turn right heading down Clonroad passing out the roundabout at Tesco and continue along the Tulla Road, under the bridge at Corrovorrin, continue through the roundabout at Liddy’s, Roslevan to the cross at Roslevan Stores and turn right down the Gaurus Road, which is Millbank, pass Fahy Hall until coming to the junction that adjoins Newpark, turn left and an immediate right, continue down Gaurus, come out to the main Quin Road, turn right into town, continue into the roundabout at Station Road, turn out the Quin Road and finish at the pitch. The 5km is around the walkway around the grounds.

■ Robert Hawes leads from the Dolmen Cycling Club riders as the leaders head up The Hand during last Sunday’s Burren Challenge. Photograph by Sean Power

Good entry for Burren Challenge THERE were over 100 entrants competing in fantastic conditions in last Sunday’s Burren Challenge hosted by the Dolmen Cycling Club. Clubs from across Munster and from Dublin joined local teams from Dolmen, Burren and West Clare clubs to tackle a tough 130km

course, which included categorised climbs at Aillwee, Ballinalacken and The Hand. Leisure cyclists opted for shorter, scenic routes of 60km and 90km. Reaction to the event from visiting clubs has been very positive and augurs well for the revival of Rás an Chlair later in the season.

The Clare Champion


Friday, April 6, 2012



Underage hurling

Regional U-15 blitz

■ (Left) Cormac Lynch took gold in the boys’ U-19 200m in Nenagh. ■ (Centre) Claudia Loughnane (silver), Waterford’s Kate Veale (gold) and Angharad Loughnane (gold) all medal winners in the National Indoor Juvenile Walks Championships. ■ (Right) Laura Egan won silver in the girls’ U-18 800m.

Lynch continues his golden run THE National Juvenile U-12 to U-19 Indoor Track and Field Championships (the second weekend) saw further success for Clare athletes. In the boys’ U-19 Cormac Lynch (Marian) produced a very big race in the 200m to take the gold medal with a new championship best and a personal best time of 22:99 to add to his 60m title that he captured in Nenagh a week ago.

Another Marian Athlete, Angaharad Loughnane, competing in the girls’ U-14 1,000m walk powered her way to the gold medal position over the final lap to win in a time of 5.20:84. In the girls’ U-14 800m Aisling Kelly (St John’s) came through her heat as one of the fastest losers and in the final, she was down in sixth place with two laps remaining but came storming

through over the final 150m to finish fourth in 2.29:70. In the boys’ U-14 800m heats, Eoin Looney (Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare) came through his heat in 2.25:45. In the final, he started out very well with Robert Crowley (Carlow) on his shoulder and going out in the final lap the Carlow man made his move to take the gold medal in 2.16:77 with Looney second in 2.17:47 a

personal best time for the Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare athlete. In the girls’ U-18 Laura Egan (Kilmihil) was in the 800m final and she almost lead this race from start to finish only to be outsprinted on the final 100m by Laura O’Dowd (Ballinamore) with the Kilmihil girl setting a personal best time of 2.21:94 to take the silver medal. In the girls’ U-19 1,500m

walk world gold medal winner Kate Veale (West Waterford) led from start to finish to set a new championship best of (6.12:49) with another Marian athlete Claudia Loughnane a very good second, taking the silver medal in 7.38:37.

Results Girls U-14 1,000m walk 1. Angharad Loughnane

(Marian) (5.20:84) 800m; 4. Aisling Kelly (St John’s) (2.29:70). U-17 High jump 10.Jessica O’Connor (Marian) (1.40m). U-18 800m 2. Laura Egan (Kilmihil) (2.21:94); 6. Emer Hillery (Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare) (2.36:42). U-19

Sonny Murphy Memorial at Kilnaboy this weekend THE 28th annual Michael (Sonny) Murphy Memorial 10-Mile Open Road Race and 10k fun walk will take place in Kilnaboy this Sunday with the 10k fun walk starting at 1.45pm and the road race at 2pm. This road race is organised by Kilnaboy Athletic Club with athletes from all parts of Ireland taking part. For the ninth year in-a-row it will be part of the Munster 10-mile Spring Classics. Also incorporated with this race is the Clare Athletics Association 10-mile Road Championship. The 10k fun walk will once again go around Mullaghmore, starting and finishing at Kilnaboy National School. Seamus Power (Kilmurry IbrickaneNorth Clare) holds the course record that he set in 1999 with a time of 49:31. Amongst the leading contenders are expected to be Sandas Bralitis (West Wa-

terford), Martin Doody (Limerick), Donal O’Callaghan (Ríocht), George Waugh (Bandon), James Doran (Ríocht), Gerry Ryan (Galway City Harriers, the 2006 title holder) along with the 2005 title holder John Byrne (Mayo). They will have to be at their best to beat local man Michael Shannon (Kilnaboy) along with Kenneth Rodgers (St John’s) and Julio Cesear F Castro (Kilmurry Ibrickane-North Clare). With Limerick AC, the current title holders and with Galway City Harriers starting as favourites from Ennis Track, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare, West Limerick, Bilboa, Grange/Fermoy, Craughwell and St John’s, the team contest should be interesting. The ladies’ race is very much a wide open affair. Ann Lennon (Mayo) set a fast time of 59:55 in 1999. This record will be

hard to beat but all eyes will be on Lizzie Lee (Leevale) along with Angela McCann (Clonmel), Ann Marie Holland (Eagle), Siobhán Doherty (Borrisokane), Carina Walsh (West Waterford), Tracy Guilfoyle (from the host club Kilnaboy), Veronica Colleran, Marie Carey (both Ennis Track), Josephine Killeen, Sharon Rynne (both Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare), Mary Sweeney (St Finbarr’s), Lucy Brennan (Sligo) and Loretta Duggan (St Mary’s).

Fixtures April 6. Clare Community Gamers Relay Trials in Cooraclare Football Field at 6pm. 7. Cratloe 10k Road Race and 5k fun run/ walk at 12 noon. 8. The 28th annual Michael Sonny Murphy Memorial 10-mile Road Race classic and 10k fun walk at 1.45pm and road race at

2pm in Kilnaboy. 9. Ennistymon Hurling Club and the Sergio O’Connor Trust Fund 5k fun run and walk starting at Ennistymon GAA Club house at 11am. 14. The Johnny McMahon Healthy Heart 10k Fun Run and 3.5k Walk all in aid of Kilmaley Voluntary Housing, Clare Crusaders and Uganda Rays of Hope Hospice Jinya starting at Kilmaley school at 12 noon. 15. Marian AC and the Matt O Connor Memorial Open Sports at Lees Road starting at 1.30pm. 15. Athletics Ireland 10k Road Championship at the Phoenix Park. 22. Miltown Malbay Ladies’ Fun Run and Walk at Miltown Malbay GAA Field at 1pm. 22. Athletics Ireland Road Relays in Raheny.

1,500m walk 1. Katie Veale (West Waterford) (6.12:49); 2. Claudia Loughnane (Marian) (7.38:37). Boys U-14 800m 2. Eoin Looney (Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare) (2.17:47). U-19 200m 1. Cormac Lynch (Marian) (22:99) pb.

Running for fun in Ennistymon ENNISTYMON Hurling Club and the Sergio O’Connor Trust Fund will hold a 5k fun run and walk on Bank Holiday Monday at 11am. Entries are being taken on the day in the Ennistymon hurling clubhouse between 9.30am to 10.30am. Alternatively participants can preenter with the Ennistymon club. The race will start outside the clubhouse going towards Ennistymon Hospital, turning left on the main Lahinch – Ennistymon Road before proceeding towards Lahinch, back over Station Road and finishing back at the hurling field. Further details are available from John Fawl and Tom Sexton.

THE final U-15 regional hurling blitzes of the season will take place at St Flannan’s College this Saturday morning. For the past six weeks, these squads have been receiving coaching each week. The following are to attend: Region 1: Brian Fahy, Matthew Culloo, Kevin Conlon, Michael Vaughan (Tulla); Cathaoir Agnew, Cathal Lynch, Jason Loughnane, Shane Flynn, Cathal Kinnane (Sixmilebridge); Liam Doyle, Eoin Whelan (Bodyke); Gerard McMahon, Fergal Collins, Benjamin Kikkers (Ogonnelloe); Darren Doyle, Thomas Quirke, Eoin Patterson, Joe Sugrue, Patrick Durack (Whitegate); Martin Daly, Cathal Linnane, Steven Conway, Enda Noonan (Feakle-Killanena); Ronan Monahan, John Fawl (Tubber); Cillian Mullins, Brian McDonagh, Colin McNamara, Colin Waters (Crusheen); Diarmuid McNamara, Sean Minogue, Conor Hayes, Ciaran Jones, Liam Jones, Patrick Walsh (Scariff); David O’Connell, Jamie Keane, Sean Cotter, Jamie O’Halloran, Conor Henry (O’Callaghan’s Mills). Region 2: Colm Devine, Pat Hennessy, Ryan Mulligan, Colm Fitzgerald, Gearoid Neylon (Doora-Barefield); Padraig McNamara, David Lynch, Andrew Kelly, Jack Lynch, Colin Hehir, Sean Malone, Joe Carmody, Cathal Fitzpatrick (Kilamley); Malachy Lynch, Ronan Barry, Cathal Breen, Roy Griffin, (Ballyea); Tim O’Connor, Barry Heagney, Michael Lyons (Ruan); Conor O’Halloran, David McNamara, Conor O’Dwyer, Eanna O’Connor, Lee Flynn (Éire Óg); Stephen Foudy, Dylan McGerr, Caimin Clancy, Austin Kerin, Jason McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona); Stephen Burke, Cian O’Reilly (Corofin); Dara Crimmins, Ruairi Crimmins, Darren Crowe, Paul Dolan, Jake Kearney, Kevin Mulcair (Clarecastle). Region 3: Colm Downey, David McCarthy, Finbarr Egan, Pauric O’Loughlin, Cillian Maloney (Clonlara); Shane Reddy, Hugh McDonald, Jeff Ryan, Peadar McCarthy, Nathan Fox (Parteen); Aaron Shanagher, Darragh McMahon, Kevin Justice, Jack Cunningham, Cian Pettigrew, Cian Collopy (Wolfe Tones); Darren Chaplin, Sean Phelan, Diarmuid O’Brien, Michael Hogan, Matthew Troy (Broadford); Colin Guilfoyle, Jordan Collins, David McNamara, Liam O’Connor, Cathal Hayes (Newmarket); Mikey O’Shea, Seamus Monaghan, Cathal Stritch, Declan Power (Smith O’Brien’s); Shane Dillon (Meelick); Paudie Earls, Darragh Cunningham, Caimin Deegan, Ronan McMahon (Cratloe); Paul Reynolds, Luke McCarthy, David Sheedy, Michael Culligan, Brian Kelly (ClooneyQuin).


Showjumpers out in force for Banner Equestrian Spring League

THERE was another big entry for the Banner Equestrian Spring showjumping league on Saturday last.

Results Horses, 90cms: F McNamara’s Cranny Vol Cruis (Philip McGuane); PJ Downes’ Alana’s Dancer (Patrick J Downes); J Scales’ Liscannor Elegance (Philip McGuane); P Lyons’ Sunny Bill Cruise (Barry Lyons); T Barry’s Fountain Willow (Noelle Barry); T Buckley’s Rhineroe Willow (Tracey Buckley). Horses, 1m: A Meehan’s Sraheen Pride (Noelle Barry); S Barry’s Fountain Athlete (Simone Barry); T Barry’s Fountain Willow (Noelle Barry). Horses, 1.10m: S O’Grady’s Licknaun Richie (Kieran Barry); A Pender’s Luxzena (Niamh Pender); G McNamara’s Master Holiday (Patrick McNamara); T O’Brien’s Ballyogan Bridie (Anthony O’Brien). Horses, 1.20m: S O’Grady’s Licknaun Richie (Noelle Barry). Ponies, U-8, U-10s: E Gupta’s G Girls Mogli (Kara Gupta); L Coote’s Banner Spirit (Robbie Coote); L Gallagher’s Bellfield Irish Blue (John Gallagher); T Ryan’s Cabra Flyer (Rhys Williams); O O’Sullivan’s Dreamer (Tara O’Sullivan). 128cms (70cms): L Coote’s Banner Spirit (Robbie Coote); F Coughlan’s Ceatharlia Freddy (Sean Purtill); E Gupta’s G Girls Mogali (Esha Gupta); D Geaney’s Ballylennon Dark Mist (Aoibheann Malone); G Lillis’ Carrowmeer Kel (John Lillis). 128cms (80cms): L Coote’s Banner Spirit (Robbie Coote); A Malone’s Leadmore Breeze (Aoibheann Malone); T Ryan’s Cabra Flyer (Rhys Williams); F Coughlan’s Ceatharlia Freddy (Sean Purtill); L Gallagher’s Woodfield Grey Boy (John Gallagher); E Daly’s Mr Eco (Robin McNamara); O O’Sullivan’s Dreamer (Aoibh O’Sullivan); D Geaney’s Ballylennon Dark Mist (Aoibheann Malone).

■ The younger riders that competed at the Banner Equestrian Spring League at the weekend. (L-R) Coen Williams, Leane O’Halloran, Jack

Darcy, Michael McDonagh, Aoife Whelan, Elsie Carey, Kelly Gleeson, Emily Keelan, Saoirse Mc Gann, Maeve Coffey and Saoirse Harrington.

128cms (90cms): 1. H O’Connor’s Shy Strike Again (Sean O’Connor); 2. Y Meaney’s Banner Súil Eile (Claire Meaney); 3. A Fitzgerald’s Glenkeen Irish Pride (Conor Fitzgerald); 4. E Daly’s Mr Eco (Robin McNamara); 5. G Lillis’ Carrowmeer Kel (Michael Lillis); 6. G Clancy’s Cripy Chip (Robbie Clancy). 128cms (1m): 1. H O’Connor’s Shy Strike Again (Sean O’Connor); 2. Y Meaney’s Banner Súil Eile (Claire Meaney); 3. G Clancy’s Crispy Chip (Robbie Clancy). 138cms (80cms): P Treacy’s Edward the Third (Caoimhe Treacy); M Keatinge’s Sylvie (Joseph Keatinge); D Gleeson’s Sponge Bob

(Donna Gleeson); F King’s Winterdown Penny (Adrian King); K Noonan’s Moto GP (Ciarra Noonan); MP Costelloe’s Send Him Down (Orla Gooney); A Lillis’ Sheila’s Friend (Ronan Lillis); A Lillis’ Badgerhill Sue Ellen (Mark Lillis); C Harrington’s Great Touch (Darragh Forde); D McNamara’s Sir Dr Spock (Caoimhe McNamara); S O’Donoghue’s Massereene Portora (Claudia O’Donoghue). 138cms (90cms): P Treacy’s Edward the Third (Caoimhe Treacy); B Cooke’s Fredericko (Shauna Cooke); C Harrington’s Great Touch (Darragh Forde); M O’Dea’s Casper (Clare Tubridy); M O’Dwyer’s Dundrum Lady

(Mark Doyle); K Noonan’s Moto GP (Ciarra Noonan); A Lillis’ Badgerhill Sue Ellen (Mark Lillis); F King’s Winterdown Penny (Adrian King); MP Costelloe’s Send Him Down (Orla Gooney). 138cms (1m) - 1. A Malone’s Ballinvella Polly (Alison Malone); 2. A Fitzgerald’s Future Memories (Bryan Fitzgerald); 3. D Harrington’s Ti Chip (Kieran Barry); 4. B Cooke’s Fredericko (Shauna Cooke); 5. G Clancy’s Small Titan (Robbie Clancy); 6. S Barry’s Banner Caramba (Kieran Barry). 138cms (1.10m): 1. S Barry’s Dalligans Drifter (Kieran Barry); 2. M Kelly’s County Express (Bryan Fitzgerald); 3. M Power’s Coom-

logane Kojak (Hannah Power); 4. S Barry’s Banner Caramba (Kieran Barry); 5. A Malone’s Ballinvella Polly (Alison Malone); G Clancy’s Too Posh To Push (Robbie Clancy). 148 cms (90cms): G. Lillis’ Latimer Prince (Christopher Slattery); C O’Donoghue’s Park Coco (Christopher Slattery); P Moran’s Castlepark Junior (Amy Johnston); J Quinn’s The Little Squire (Patrick McNamara); P Mahony’s Carll G (Aisling Mahony); C Keane’s Travelling Machine (Patrick McNamara); F King’s Rios Star (Jamie King); J McNamara’s Dancing Wonder (Patrick McNamara); G Lynch’s Oughterard IKE

(Christopher Slattery); P Moran’s Whos Cloud (Amy Johnston); T Clancy’s Derrymattery Flash (Patricia Clancy); M Keating’s Cathair Star (Joseph Keating). 148cms (1m): G Lynch’s Oughterard IKE (Christopher Slattery); L Gallagher’s Ballybrody King (Brian Gallagher); T Clancy’s Derrymattery Flash (Patricia Clancy); P Mahony’s Carll G (Aisling Mahony). 148cms (1.10m): 1. M Mitchell’s Creemully Western Melody (Patrick McNamara); 2. L Gallaher’s Ballybrody King (Brian Gallagher). 148cms (1.20m): No first round clear. Tiny tots/cross poles: K Whelan’s Thunder (Elsie Carey); L Gallagher’s Cratloe Kelly (Kelly Gleeson); U Keelan’s Julie (Emily Keelan); K Whelan’s Thunder (Aoife Whelan); NS Barry’s Blakie (Saoirse McGann); NS Barry’s Blackie (Maeve Coffey); D Harrington’s Little Ethan (Saoirse Harrington); A Williams’ Parc Little Wonder (Coen Williams); P Darcy’s Magpie (Jack Darcy); L Gallagher’s My Little Cocopop (Michael Mc Donagh); M O’Halloran’s Dr Doolittle (Leane O’Halloran). Sportsman 40/50cms: M McGann’s Toffee (Ailbhe McGann); P Mahony’s Cragleigh Boy (Róisín Mahony); NS Barry’s Belle (Sabrina Howard); M Kelly’s Greybrook Tom (Maria Kelly); D Harrington’s Little Ethan (Saoirse Harrington). Sportsman 60/70cms: 1. L Gallagher’s Cratloe Tommy (Tom Gleeson); 2. L Gallagher’s Mill Road Butterfly (John Gallagher); 3. E Gupta’s Mogani (Esha Gupta); 4. NS Barry’s Igor (Monica Hegarty); 5. NS Barry’s Thunder (Klara Baker); 6. NS Barry’s Apachie (Georgina Hornsby). Sportsman 80/90cms: 1. P Mahony’s Avon Boy (Siobhán Mahony); 2. NS Barry’s Belle (Sabrina Howard); 3. P Treacy’s Larry (Caoimhe Treacy).

Ennis makes the most of fine weather THE weekend’s round of the Ennis Spring League was jumped outdoors and produced the following results: 128 - 70cm: 1. L Gallagher’s My Little Cocopop, Tara Diggins. 128 - 80cm: 1 equal. L Gallagher’s My Little Cocopop, Tara Diggins; T Ryan’s Cabra Flyer Rhys Williams. 128 - 90cm: 1. L Coote’s Baner Spirit, Robbie Coote. 138 - 80cm: 1. M Keating’s Sylvie, Joseph Keating; P Mahony’s Avon Boy, Siobhán Mahony. 138 -90cm: 1. P Mahony’s Avon Boy, Siobhán Mahony. 138 - 1m: 1 equal. P O’Brien’s Kildysert Polly, Kieran O’Brien; J G Greene’s Jamesmead Lad, Hazel Greene. 148 - 90cm: 1 equal. G Quinn’s Morepark Mervin; Saoirse Quinn; J Quinn’s The Little Squire, Patrick McNamara; P Mahony’s Carl G, Aisling Mahony; G Lillis’ Latimer Prince, Michael Lillis. 148 - 1.00m: 1 equal. J Quinn’s The Little Squire, Patrick McNamara; P Mahony’s Carl G, Aisling Mahony; J G Greene’s Mitzen, Amiee Greene. 148 - 1.10m: 1. J McNamara’s Bold Rhett, Patrick McNamara. 148 - 1.20m: 1. F Buckley’s Moongani, Patrick McNamara.

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Clare Champion



HE 42nd anniversary of the Kilmurry-Ibrickane/North Clare Athletics Club was marked on Sunday with the annual meeting, which incorporated the Michael Egan Memorial four-mile race and fun walk. The event attracted a huge turnout of athletes from all over Ireland, along with a fine number of walkers. In beautiful weather, a star-studded field went to the start with Garry Thornton (Galway City Harriers) the 2010 winner taking another title in 19:24, from Michael Shannon (Kilnaboy) and Kenneth Rodgers (St John’s). The team title and the Michael Egan Shield went to Galway City Harriers ahead of Ennis Track, with host club Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare in third spot followed by Craughwell AC. Veronica Colleran (Ennis Track) recorded a big win in the senior ladies and set a personal best time over this course to retain her title in 23:46. She had almost 30 seconds to spare over Sharon Rynne (Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare) and Tracy Roche (Dooneen). Ennis Track retained the team title ahead of the host club Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare A and B teams. The masters O-40 title went to Ian Egan (Galway City Harriers) with a time of 21:45, from Sean Hanley (Galway City Harriers) and Trevor White (St Cronan’s), with Martin Corcoran (Craughwell) taking the O-45 title in a time of 22:13 from Keith Ryan (Limerick) and Pat Morrissey (Ennis Track). The O-50 race was dominated by James Kenny (Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare) who was followed by Michael Fennell (Civil Service) and Aidan Cabey (Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare). The O-55 race was dominated by three Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare athletes with victory going to Tom Mackey followed home by Michael Harvey and Brendan Cusack. The O-60 title went to Martin McEvilly (Galway City Harriers). The junior men’s title went to Jake O’Regan (St John’s) who finished fifth overall with a time of 20:58. Second was Peader Harvey (Craughwell) with Kevin Chesser (Ennis Track) in third spot. The masters ladies’ O-35 title went to Lorraine Hayes (Ennis Track) in 29:48 from Clare McMahon (Cooraclare) and Breda Keane (Miltown Malbay). The winner in O-40 was Aishling Power (Ennis Track) in 25:50, followed by Siobhán Lennon and Siobhán Gallagher (both Ennis Track). Michelle O’Mahoney (Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare) captured the O-45 title in 26:37 from Christina Organ (Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare). The masters O-50 title went to Carmel McDomhnaill (West Limerick) in 28:46 from Maura Falsey (Kilmurry Ibrickane/ North Clare) and Bernie Kelly (Galway City Harriers). The junior ladies title went Sinéad Hogan (Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare) in 27:47 from clubmate Caoimhie Hogan and Laura Power (Ennis Track).


Ladies 1. Veronica Colleran (Ennis Track) (23:46); 2. Sharon Rynne (Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare) (24:10); 3. Tracey Roche (Dooneen) (24:25); 4. Jackie O’Connor (Ennis Track) (26:53). Teams: 1. Ennis Track (1. Veronica Colleran, 4. Aishling Power, 5. Siobhan Lennon, 7. Jackie O Connor) = 17 points; 2. Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare (2. Sharon Rynne, 6. Michelle O Mahoney, 11. Noreen Mackey, 12. Sinéad Hogan) = 31 points; 3. Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare (13. Caoimhie Hogan, 14. Dymphna O’Dwyer, 17. Maura Falsey, 20. Emer Keane) = 64 points.

Masters ladies O-35 1. Lorraine Hayes (Ennis Track) (29:48); 2. Clare McMahon Cooraclare (33:22); 3. Breda Keane Miltown Malbay (33:42). O-40 1. Aishling Power (Ennis Track) (25:50); 2. Siobhán Lennon (Ennis Track) (25:59); 3. Siobhán Gallagher (Ennis Track) (27:09). O-45 1. Michelle O’Mahoney (Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare) (26:37); 2. Christina Organ (Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare) (31:13). O-50 1. Carmel McDomhnaill (West Limerick) (28:46); 2. Maura Falsey (Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare) (29:27); 3. Bernie Kelly (Galway City Harriers) (29:42). Junior ladies 1. Sinéad Hogan (Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare) (27:47); 2. Caoimhie Hogan (Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare) (28:00); 3. Laura Power (Ennis Track) (29:24).

Senior men 1. Garry Thornton (Galway City Harriers) (19:24); 2. Michael Shannon (Kilnaboy) (20:11); 3. Kenneth Rodgers (St John’s) (20:24); 4. Brian McGinley (Ennis Track) (20:25). Teams: 1. Galway City Harriers (1. Garry Thornton, 10. Christy McGraty, 11. Ian Egan, 17. Sean Hanley) = 39 points; 2. Ennis Track (4. Brian McGinley, 9. Brian Murphy. 15. Kevin Chesser. 16. Micheál Keane) = 44 points; 3. Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare (6. Julio Cesear F Castro, 12. Willie Devitt, 21. Finbar O’Grady, 22. Donal Howley) = 61 points; Masters men O-40 1. Ian Egan (Galway City Harriers) (21:45); 2. Sean Hanley (Galway City Harriers) (22:53); 3. Trevor White (St Cronan’s) (23:31). O-45 1. Martin Corcoran (Craughwell) (22:13); 2. Keith Ryan (Limerick) (23:05); 3. Pat Morrissey (Ennis Track) (25:20). O-50 1. James Kenny (Kilmurry Ibrickane/ North Clare) (23:55); 2. Michael Fennell (Civil Service (24:49); 3. Aidan Cabey (Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare) (27:07). O-55 1. Tom Mackey (Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare) (25:28); 2. Michael Harvey (Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare) (27:35); 3. Brendan Cusack (Kilmurry Ibrickane/ North) Clare (30:20). O-60 1. Martin McEvilly (Galway City Harriers) (24:51). Junior men 1. Jake O’Regan (St John’s) (20:26); 2. Peader Harvey (Craughwell) (22:21); 3. Kevin Chesser (Ennis Track) (22:25).




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■ 1. Runners and walkers set off at the Kilmurry Ibrickane-North Clare Michael Egan Memorial four-mile at Quilty. ■ 2. Miltown’s Michael Neylon stretches out before taking part. ■ 3. Denise Shanahan limbers out on the beach. ■ 4. Participants recover their breath. ■ 5. Athletes, including John Murphy of Kilmihil, relaxes after completing the race. ■ 6. Donal Howley of Kilmurry-Ibrickane/North Clare feels the pain following the race. ■ 7. Martin McEvilly of Galway City Harriers recovers. ■ 8. Winner, Garry Thornton of Galway City Harriers. ■ 9. Michael Shannon of Kilnaboy AC was the runner-up. ■ 10. Kenneth Rogers of St John’s came third. ■ 11. Veronica Colleran of Ennis Track was the first home in the ladies’ event. Photographs by John Kelly


run by the sea

The Clare Champion


Friday, April 6, 2012



Munster honours for Clare teams THE Munster Community Games finals for events that have a national final in May were held on Saturday, hosted by Cork. All events, except handball, were held at the University of Limerick, with the handball competition at Liscarroll in Cork and Broadford in Limerick. Shannon won the U-16 chess title with Robbie Meaney, Kevin Singapurwala, David Hanly, Joseph Cesar, Samual Lenihan, Ross O’Connor and Daragh Danagher in their team. Derg won the girls’ U-15 handball title with Clodagh Nash, Katie Minogue, Amy Barrett, Fiona Hayes and Aoife Doyle in their team. Clare also won the boys’ U-15 handball title, with Quin-Clooney victorious. Their team members were Fergal Coughlan, Tadhg Shanahan, Barry Loughnane, Luke Keane, Brendan Dolan and Sean Hehir in their line-up. Cratloe won the indoor girls’ soccer title with Mary O’Connor, Emma Cunningham, Muireann Scanlan, Niamh Murphy, Ciara MurphyWright and Laura Chaplin in their line up. Broadford-Kilbane-Kil-

more won the badminton U-15 title with Diarmuid O’Brien, Matthew Troy, Sean Phelan, Jack Dillon, Apryl O’Regan, Siobhán O’Connell, Catherine Donnellan and Niamh Mulqueen in their team. There were silver medals for the Tulla girls’ U-13 handball team of Aoife Floyd, Bridin Dinan, Niamh O’Brien, Orla O’Brien, Gillian Ryan and Katie Shanahan. Ennis St John’s indoor soccer girls’ U-15 team won silver and the team members were Laura Browne, Aoife Glavin, Aoife McNamara, Rebecca Windall, Niamh O’Brien, Marese Hayes, Sarah Jane O’Connell and Sinéad Mulcahy. In boys’ U-16 table tennis, the An Droichead team of David O’Shea, Oisín Malone, Eddie Bourke and Michael O’Shea were silver medal winners, as were the InchConnolly-Kilmaley boys’ U13 team in the same discipline, whose team members were David Kelly, Jack Colleran and Darragh Hickey. The Shannon U-12 chess team that won silver medals included Hazel Meaney, Joshua Cesar, Jessica Danaher, Thomas Power, Jake

O’Malley and Ronan Singapurwala.

Clare finals The Clare U-11 and U-14 tag rugby finals were held at St Flannan’s College on Sunday. In the U-11 grade, Clarecastle-Ballyea emerged as winners and their team included Eoin Dinan, Patrick Maxwell, Seán Potter, Aoibhín Donnelly, Rachel Hartigan, Josh Brack, Cian Galvin, Emma O’Brien, Saibh McDermott, Alec Cassley, Jack Diver and Ben Sullivan. Quin/Clooney came second and their team comprised Donagh O’Sullivan, Conal Egan, David Barbotin, Colm Cassidy, Martin Frain, Tomás O’Cearbheallinn John Conneally, Noah McConway, Cliodhan Ryan, Emer Moynihan, Joanna O’Sullivan and Shane Harrisson. The bronze medals were won by Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry B, whose team included Katie Haugh, Luke O’Halloran, Luke Keogh, Will Fitzpatrick, Adam Breen, Oisín Breen, Sean O’Reilly, Matthew Dillon, Áine Sweeny, Ciaran Semahedi and Colin Kelly. Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry A were fourth and their team


Clockwise from above left: ■ Broadford-Kilbane-Kilmore, who won the U-15 badminton, with manager Michael Troy. ■ Quin-Clooney U-15 boys’ handball team. ■ Table tennis silver medal winners David Kelly, Darragh Hickey, Jack Colleran from Inch-Kilmaley-Connolly. ■ Tony Bourke, Clare Munster delegate, presenting the Munster Shield for Girls U-13 indoor soccer to Cratloe. ■ Derg U-15 girls’ handball team.

included Leah Kelly, Sinéad Cahill, Alex Frost, Ferdia Ó Lionáin, Óran O’Reilly, Cian O’Reilly, Brian Flynn, Adam Fitzpatrick, Evan Murphy, Adam O’Sullivan and Cillian Joyce. In the U-14 tag rugby, QuinClooney were the winners and their team included Kate Taylor, Ellie Rochford, Jennifer O’Neill, Darragh Ryan, David Rochford, Conor O’Brien, Barry Loughnane, Daniel Griffin, Mary Connelly, Eoghan O’Brien, Conor Mahon and Rachel Begg. Clarecastle/Ballyea won the silver medals with a team that included Doireann Murphy, Ellen Barry, Ciara O’Brien, Emily Barry, Marc McAuliffe, Kevin Hartigan, Killian McDermott, Eamon Breen, Luke MacDermott, Ronan

Donnelly, Niall Galvin and Mark Russell. Cratloe were third with Sean Lynch, Matt Lucey, Kelly Gleeson, Sinéad O’Donnell Stolz, Conor Sullivan, Tom Gleeson, Luke Ryan, Shane Byrne, Mary O’Connor and Eoin Cahill.

Quiz final St Flannan’s College was the venue on Friday for the Clare Community Games U-14 quiz. There was a notable increase in the number of teams participating this year. The event was co-ordinated by Tony Bourke from Newmarket and Martin McInerney was the quiz master. Just one mark separated the top two teams at the end of an exciting competition.

Cooraclare-Cree were the winners on 92 points from Carrigaholt-Cross on 91. Killimer-Knockerra were third with An Droichead and QuinClooney sharing fourth spot. The members of the winning team, who now go forward to represent Clare in the National finals in Athlone in May, are Diarmuid Donnellan, Róisín O’Connell, Alannah Mullins, Seán Martyn and Tomás Browne. Silver medal winners from Carrigaholt-Cross are Chloe Taylor, Rieke McLoughlin, Muireann Keane, Una Murray, Fionn Liddane and Fiona Coghlan. Killimer-Knockerra won the bronze medals and their team included Pádraig McKeown, Mairéad Grogan, James Browne, Aidan Reynolds

and Cleah Callaghan. Joint fourth were Quin/ Clooney (Ciara O’Reilly, Róisín McAleer, Clara De Saisa and Tiarnan Boyce) and An Droichead (David O’Shea, Niall Moloney, Amy English and Kate Gleeson.

Important dates Saturday, April 14: U-10 Gaelic football at St Flannan’s. Sunday April 15: skittles at Kilkishen. Saturday April 21: cycling at Quin. Sunday April 22: Futsal at St Flannan’s. Friday May 4: volleyball at Colaiste Mhuire. Saturday May 5: rounders at Sixmilebridge. Friday May 11: girls’ U-12 Gaelic football at Lissycasey.

Sunday May 13: hurling at Gurteen. Saturday May 19: camogie at St Flannan’s. Monday May 21: start of outdoor soccer. May 25-27: national finals, weekend one, at Athlone. Wednesday May 30: variety at Sixmilebridge. Saturday June 2: pitch and putt at Clare Road, Ennis. Wednesday June 20: marathon at Kilmurry McMahon. Sunday June 24: county athletics finals at Lees Road. Sunday July 14: Munster finals at UL. Friday August 17: national finals, weekend two, at Athlone. Friday August 24: national finals, weekend three at Athlone.


Quality on show for County Clare Easter Hunt meeting

■ The U-12 panel on tour last weekend.

Successful Ennis U-12 tour A FUN-packed weekend was had by 50 children who travelled and represented Ennis RFC on their official rugby tour last weekend. Leaving on Friday afternoon, two days of intense rugby action and additional activities were scheduled. Playing in Omagh against Omagh, Enniskillen, Letterkenny and Dungannon

now means this group have played in all four provinces this year. Ten games were played in Omagh, with Ennis winning seven and drawing one while falling short in the other two games. The following day in Sligo, some of the results were even more resounding, with Ennis playing nine and only losing

one of the matches, with great rugby being played in beautiful sunshine. Overall, Ennis played 19, won 13, drew four, lost three and scored 76 tries while conceding 27. Outside of rugby, activities included Zip Lining in Lough Key Forest Park, bowling in Bundoran and a visit to the Donegal Adventure Centre.

Gala wins for Ennis and Knockanean ENNIS CBS and Knockanean National School were the principal winners in the primary schools swimming gala held recently at Ennis Leisure Complex. Twenty schools participated in the event, which was held to recognise the commitment of the county’s students

to developing life-long swimming skills and basic lifesaving techniques. The gala was graded into A and B sections. In the A section, Ennis CBS finished on 72 points, ahead of Barefield National School (70 points), Ennis National School (65 points), Holy Family

National School (62 points) and Quin National School (51 points). The winner of the B section was Knockeanean National School on 74 points, followed by Clarecastle National School (55 points) and the Gaelscoil in Ennis (46 points).

RACING fans are in for a real treat this weekend, with a huge crowd expected to turn out for the annual County Clare Hunt Easter Sunday pointto-point, which takes place at Quakerstown, with a 2pm start time. The meeting has gone from strength to strength in recent years and the fact that this year’s Cheltenham Bumper winner, Champagne Fever, won his maiden at the track 12 months ago, underlines the type of quality animal one is likely to see compete at the Boston course. The first race on Sunday is a four-year-old maiden, which will be followed by a five-year-old geldings’ maiden. Half an hour later will see a five-year-old and upwards mares’ maiden taking place, with a winners-of-one contest next on the list. The penultimate event is a six-year-old and upwards geldings’ maiden, with an always competitive confined maiden bringing proceedings at the North Clare track to a close. A huge entry has been received for the meeting and it looks odds on that at least two races will be divided. Trainers from all over the country have horses entered, with the likes of Robert Tyner, Liam Burke, Charlie Swan and Róisín Hickey all set to have runners. Brian Hassett, John O’Neill, Paddy Hassett and John Brassil are just some of the local trainers who will be hoping to visit the winner’s enclosure, while regulars at the track such as Michael Hourigan, John Staunton and Martin Cullinane all know what it takes to succeed at the meeting. Sadly, champion jockey Derek O’Connor will have to sit out the fixture this time round as he continues to recover from the broken leg he sustained earlier in the year but the good news is that Quin jockey Paul O’Neill, who dislocated his shoulder in a fall at Belclare four weeks ago, looks set to return to action. He will be joined by fellow locals, Niall Kelleher and James Conheady, while visiting jockeys John Thomas McNamara, James ‘Corky’ Carroll and Kevin Power will all be pushing hard for victory. Looking ahead to Sunday’s meeting, County Clare Hunt secretary, Paul O’Neill, is confident the high-profile the fixture has enjoyed over the past few years will continue. “We are really looking forward to a great meet-

ing. The vibes we are receiving are hugely encouraging and the fact that there are 166 horses entered speaks for itself. We’ve had enquiries from the world of people and knowing that a Cheltenham Festival winner scored at the meeting last year has been a major boost to the track,” he said. “The course has been well preserved over the past couple of months and there is a great covering of grass also, which should leave the going perfect. We will have plenty of stewards on duty on the approach roads and there will be ample car parking on site for everybody. We are hoping the good weather continues and we are encouraging families to come along and have a picnic while enjoying point-to-point racing at its best,” he said. Meanwhile, Tubber trainer, Paurick O’Connor - who will also feature strongly at Quakerstown on Sunday - continued his recent good run when sending out 5-1 shot Supercede to land the open lightweight for Lady Riders at last Sunday’s Suir Vale Harriers meeting at Templemore. Capably ridden by 20-year-old Áine O’Connor from Asekaton, Supercede skipped clear at the second last and kept going in tremendous fashion to beat the Liz Lalor-ridden Carheenlea by five lengths. Supercede, who was giving his jockey her first win between the flags, is owned by the Long Strand Syndicate from the Tubber/Gort area and the successful son of Lahib will stay point-topointing for the foreseeable future.

Hourigan on the double at Limerick MICHAEL Hourigan has his team in good shape at the moment and the Patrickswell handler was on the mark at Limerick last Sunday, where he netted a 24-1 double courtesy of False Economy and Friendly Society. Ruby Walsh did the steering aboard Hourigan’s first winner, False Economy, in the two-mile Riverfest May 5th Hurdle. Content to sit and wait in the early stages,

Walsh edged the 3-1 favourite closer to the leaders approaching the second last. Heading towards the final flight, False Economy was clearly going the best and once safely over he sailed clear to beat Sean O’Brien’s Wilde With Pleasure by three lengths. Hourigan completed his brace in the concluding Martinstown Opportunity handicap chase with the Adrian Heskin-ridden Friendly Society. Always in touch, the 5-1 shot tackled the frontrunning Uncle Tom Cobley at the final fence in this two-mile, three-furlong test before edging ahead on the run-in to beat that rival by a length and a quarter. Hourigan’s fellow Limerick trainer, Charles Byrnes, was also in double form at the meeting and he paid his first visit of the afternoon to the winner’s enclosure when sending out Gigginstown House 7-1 shot Wolf Hall to land the opening Family Fun Day maiden hurdle. A costly failure when an odds-on faller at Dromahane on his only point-to-point outing, Wolf Hall seemed to thrive on the better ground as he surged clear from before the final flight under Davy Russell to beat 66-1 outsider Moby Dick by a length and a half. Robert Jones was on board the second leg of Brynes’ double, Johny’s Lantern, who sprung a 16-1 shock in the Follow Limerick on Twitter mares’ maiden hurdle. This daughter of Moscow Society, who was having her first start for Byrnes having had two unsuccessful outings in bumpers for Willie Mullins, led into the home straight and displayed plenty of resolution when running on strongly in the closing stages to beat Sligo Publican by three-and-a-half lengths. Ted Walsh appears to have a nice mare on his hands in Summer Star, who came from last to first to claim the Listed Kevin McManus Flat Race. Successful over course and distance a fortnight earlier, Katie Walsh’s mount poked her head in front a furlong and a half down with the 5-2 favourite quickening up readily in the home straight to deny runner-up Lady Of Glencoe by two and a half lengths.

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Clare Champion



The sweet


by Nicola Corless


T is rare to find women willing to talk about their age, even more peculiar to find ones who will speak about their weight. The ladies of Kilfenora Boxing Club are different. With eight teenage girls in the club and seven of them fighting in the All-Ireland finals at the end of the month, they are proud to don the gloves and enter the ring. Fourteen-year-old Clóda Collins took up boxing back in September. The Ennistymon Vocational School student loves her new sport and is looing forward to her All-Ireland debut. “I took up boxing because I wanted to stay fit for camogie. I love sport. I am not a real girly girl. I love to be outside. I hate being stuck inside, except being in the ring or gym,” she tells The Clare Champion.

“Boxing is a good sport and it keeps your fitness levels very high and it is enjoyable. I was a bit scared at first going into the ring but I got used to it. I am more confident now and am not scared of anyone. I would recommend it to other girls, definitely,” Clóda continues. “People are shocked when they find out first. My grandparents would be worried that I would be getting hit and stuff but my friends were happy, well shocked and happy, when I told them I was starting,” she adds. Fifteen-year-old Caoileann McCormack is an old hand in the club. She is 54kg and began boxing when she was 11. She is an Irish champion. “Two of my cousins were in the club already so that meant there were three girls in total in the club and about 10 to 15 lads,” she recalls.

Boxing is in the young woman’s blood. Her grandfather set up the club in the 1980s and the family connection continues. “All my family are big into boxing. My dad is a trainer. I have two brothers and two sisters and I am the youngest. Both of my brothers boxed before me and so did my dad,” she explains. Caoileann loves sport and plays football with Burren Gaels. She says boxing, like most sports, is quite open to women participants. “People are kind of shocked when you tell them first but they are just curious about it and ask a lot of questions. I don’t think girls who box get a harder time than boys, it would all be the same. The boys in our club are happy for us that we are so successful,” she says. Boxing is no easy feat though. According to

Caoileann “the training is fair hard some nights. We do skipping and bags and pads and sparring three nights a week at the club and whenever I get chance at home. I really look forward to it. I love doing it. It is good for confidence and it is a bit of fun,” says the All-Ireland veteran. “You are fair nervous before you get into the ring but then you calm down. Before the fight you are nervous but the coaches tell you ‘you will be grand and stuff’. It is a relief when you throw the first punch and all of the other stuff goes,” Caoileann adds. At 16, Sinead Collins has a fighting weight of 57kg. She took up boxing in September and although it can be gruelling, she loves the sport. “I started off just to get fit for camogie but it is great. You make good friends out of it, the training

(Clockwise from top) ■ Molly Aherne in training with coach Pat McCormack. ■ Kayleigh McCormack helps Shannon McCormack with her head gear. ■ A girls training session in progress in the ring at Kilfenora Boxing Club as one of the lads works on the punch bag. ■ Sinéad Collins waits in her corner. ■ Coach Robert Cassidy ties Molly Aherne’s shoes at the club. ■ A girls training session in progress. Photographs by John Kelly

is good and the trainers are mighty so all that just means is we have good fun out of it,” she says. “The training is physical but it toughens you up for everything. You have headgear and you are well protected so if you know what you are doing, it is ok. Really we are lovers not fighters, but boxing is great because it gets you started up for life. It is tough but really worth it,” Sinead believes. Sisters Shannon and Kayleigh McCormack, Caoileann McCormack, sisters Niamh and Molly Aherne, Louise O’Regan and Clóda Collins are each through to the All-Ireland finals at the end of the month. Sinead Collins narrowly missed out while 14year-old Paudge Malone, who took up boxing in September, from the club was recently beaten in the All-Ireland semi-final.

The Clare Champion


Friday, April 6, 2012



Kerry too strong for Clare U-16s Kerry Clare

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CLARE lost out to Kerry in Kilmoyley on Sunday afternoon in the provincial U-16C Camogie Championship semi-final. The home side took an early three-point lead before Caroline Walsh goaled for Clare in the 10th minute to level the game. This was cancelled by Kerry’s first goal of the game from Eirne Ní Dasmhunaigh seven minutes later. Kerry added another two points before Lauren Tuohy converted a free for Clare with 22 minutes on the clock. Kerry were on a hunt for goals and grabbed their second in the 25th minute when Ní Dheasmhunaigh got to the rebound after Shauna Ryan had blocked Cora O’Carroll’s original shot. Clare added three points before the half-time whistle, Tuohy with a point from play and a 45 and Lisa O’Donoghue sending over a shot from the wing, leaving Clare trailing by four points at the break. Jessica Fitzell pointed for Kerry five minutes into the second half. Clare responded with a goal from Walsh after a tidy pass from Kealy Power. This however, was to be Clare’s only score of the second half as a physically stronger Kerry side dominated the young Clare team. Three Kerry goals from Ní Dheasmhu-

naigh, O’Carroll and Sarah Treacy by the 52nd minute effectively ended Clare’s chances and with Claire Murphy adding on two more points, it was the home side that ran out comfortable winners. Clare: Shauna Ryan (Clooney-Quin); Siobhán Fahey (TruaghClonlara), Áine O’Shea (Ballyea), Eimear Donnellan (Sixmilebridge); Deanna Considine (Sixmilebridge), Aoife Forde (Corofin), Eimear Kelly (Parteen); Emily Maloney (ClooneyQuin), Niamh Whyte (Sixmilebridge); Lauren O’Donoghue (Ruan), Lauren Tuohy (Clarecastle) (0-4), Lisa O’Donoghue (Whitegate); Kealy Power (Scariff-Ogonnelloe), Keli Nugent (Scariff-Ogonnelloe), Caroline Walsh (Éire Óg) (2-0). Subs: Nicola McNamara, (Clooney-Quin) for Kealy Power (46 mins). Kerry: Andrea Hanly; Louise Hobbert, Aoife Fitzgerald, Julianne O’Keeffe; Niamh, Kerri O’Shea, Áine O’Connor; Eirne Ní Dheasmhunaigh, Norann Gilbert; Jessica Fitzell, Alanna Maunsell, Claire Murphy; Cora O’Carroll, Lorraine Keaney, Sarah Treacy; ■ Clare’s Eimear Donnellan in action against Kerry’s Eirne Ní Dheasmhunaigh and Jessica Fitzell.

Referee: Cathal Egan, Cork. ■ Delegates from Clare County Board with Joan O’Flynn, outgoing president of the Camogie Association, and Aileen Lawlor, new president of the association. Left to right: Joan O’Flynn, Orla Considine, Bridie O’Looney, Aileen Lawlor, Mary Hogan and Mary Murphy at the Camogie Association annual congress in Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork. Photograph by Caroline Quinn

Kilmaley into league semi-final Kilmaley Sixmilebridge

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KILMALEY secured a semi-final place in the senior league, defeating Sixmilebridge at Cappa Lodge last Friday evening. Despite playing against the breeze, Kilmaley got off to a flying start with some well-taken scores but Sixmilebridge

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TRUAGH were stronger in Clonlara on Wednesday, outscoring Tulla-Bodyke comprehensively in this U-16 tie. Truagh got off to a good start and scored 1-2 without reply. Tulla-Bodyke then scored a point before Truagh upped the ante once more and added a number of points from play on their way to a half-time lead of 3-9 to 0-4. The second half played out much the same as the first, with no let up from Truagh right until the final whistle. From a placed ball Bodyke converted 45m free and finished the game with a goal from play. Truagh-Clonlara: Sinéad Hogg, Siobhán Fahy, Róisín Rynne, Fern Carroll, Eimear Kelly (0-2), Emer O’Connell, Aoife McKeon (1-0), Laura Foley, Caitlin Meehan, Michelle Powell (3-5), Ciara Ryan, Emma Kavanagh (2-6, Molly Power (0-1). Subs: Katie Meehan for Caitlin Meehan; Meave Donnellan (0-1) for Emer O’Connell.

Other results U-16A: Sixmilebridge 11-12 Clooney-Quin 0-1; Inagh-Kilnamona 4-6 St Joseph’s 0-2.

U16B: Wolfe Tones 2-4 Kilkishen 1-4.

Referees course DEIRDRE Murphy, Munster Camogie development coordinator, will deliver a Green Card Go Games referee course in Clareabbey on Thursday, April 5 from 11am to 3.30pm. This is open to people aged 15 and over. Completing this course will qualify participants to referee Go Games and all matches up to and including U-14. All successful participants will receive certification from the Camogie Association. To book places, text Pauline McNamara on 086 2461037 or email

Féile na nGael FÉILE na nGael will be hosted in Dublin in June. This Friday, the preliminary rounds to see who will represent Clare will take place. With 12 clubs vying to represent the county, the teams have been divided into four groups of three, with the top team from each group qualifying for the semi-finals. The semifinals and final will take place on Sunday, April 21,

CLARE’S third outing the national senior league is away to Tipperary this Sunday at the Ragg. Tipperary have lost both their previous games, going down to Dublin in their opening match and shipping a heavy defeat from Cork in round two. After losing their opening game to Kilkenny, Clare got their first win when they over-

came Offaly in Newmarket two weeks ago. Clare and Tipperary met in the championship last summer when the Banner side were victorious, a result that was seen by many as a surprise. That win, allied to the fact that Tipperary are desperately in need of a win, should mean that there will be a very de-

termined performance from Tipperary and Clare will have to be prepared for this if they are to record their second win in the campaign. With the advantage of home venue, Tipperary will fancy their chances and will be looking to All-Star Jenny Horan, Cait Devanne, Caoimhe Maher and Eerna Fryday to lead their challenge.

Clare manager John Carmody will hope that his charges will build on their win over Offaly. They will be looking to Siobhán and Fiona Lafferty, Kate Lynch, Chloe Morey, Claire McMahon and Deirdre Murphy to give them the upper hand.

Ruan snatch victory over Killanena

at a venue to be confirmed. The group pairings are as follows: Group A: Newmarket-on-Fergus (host), Feakle, Kilmaley. Group B: St Joseph’s (host), ClooneyQuin, Inagh-Kilnamona; Group D: Clarecastle (host), Broadford, Éire Óg. Sixmilebridge, Corofin and Truagh-Clonlara are in Group C. Sixmilebridge will host these rounds on Saturday, April 14.

Easter camps CLARE camogie is running Easter training camps from April 10 to 12 inclusive at Parteen, Tulla, Sixmilebridge and Clarecastle. This year, the camps will cater for both girls and boys aged eight to 12 years and players from Clare camogie and hurling teams will deliver the coaching. To book a place, contact Mary Hogan, 086 3731931 for Tulla, Marie McDonnell, 087 6341481 for Clarecastle, Niamh Cooney, 086 6067725 for Parteen and Denise Brooks 086 3559962 for Sixmilebridge.

Table quiz CLARE camogie’s table quiz will take place in the Abbey Tavern, Quin, this Thursday at 9pm.

Fears over burnout in young players

Ruan 1-4 Killanena 1-2 A GOAL in injury time from Anne O’Regan snatched victory for Ruan over Killanena in this junior league tie on Saturday evening in Ballyline. In a closely contested physical encounter, Ruan had opened the scoring when Alice Casey pointed in the fifth minute. Killanena’s Pauline McNamara shot for goal was well stopped by Niamh Lyons in the Ruan goal in the seventh minute but the rebound came back to McNamara, who raised her green flag. Casey and Evelyn Glynn both exchanged points over the next 15 minutes and with the game approaching the midway mark, the last score

of the half fell to Ruan’s Casey, having received a wellexecuted pass from Edel O’Regan, leaving Killanena in front by the minimum margin at half-time. The second half was a tough battle, with both sides trading points within five minutes of the restart. Both sides were guilty of wasting scoring opportunities and it looked like Killanena would hold out for the win as the game entered injury time. A long-range pass from Brenda O’Donoghue into the Ruan forwards saw a goalmouth scramble and with the Killanena backs unable to clear, it was substitute Anne O’Regan who gathered and sent her shot past Anne McNamara, giving Ruan a twopoint win.

Ruan: Niamh Lyons; Emily Mulqueen, Nicola O’Donoghue, Edel O’Regan, Claire McDonnell, Brenda O’Donoghue, Alice Mahony; Rebecca Crowe, Eadoin Fitzgerald, Alice Casey, Lauren O’Donoghue, Niamh ni Mhuiri, Sarah Kelly. Subs: Ann O’Regan for Sarah Kelly; Natasha Hynes for Eadoin Fitzgerald. Killanena: Anne McNamara; Sinéad Reilly, Aoife Collins, Edel Broderick, Gráinne McNamara, Aoife Conlon, Lorraine Canny, Ciara McNamara, Claire Taaffe, Evelyn Glynn, Lorraine Moloney, Laura Flaherty, Pauline McNamara. Sub: Teresa Walsh for Aoife Conlon (inj). Referee: Anne Marie McGann, St Joseph’s


Ard Scoil Rís retain White Cup

Liam Togher

THERE is a huge concern over burnout in teenagers who play sport and the short-term gain mindset of some coaches that is detrimental to the development of young players, according to a physical education expert. Course director in Physical Education at University of Limerick, Dr Cian O’Neill, believes the problem lies in the intensity of physical exercise sessions as opposed to the number of nights a week that a person is training. “The question of burnout is a huge concern. It’s not about how many times you train; it’s more to do with the intensity of the training session,” said Dr O’Neill. “I would encourage young people to try as many sports as they can but I advise against doing too much of one sport or doing too many all at once.” Dr O’Neill said part of the problem stems from the attitude of certain coaches who employ a short-term ‘win at all costs’ mentality. He believes coaches who scold children for missing training or a match often show “a lack of coaching intelligence”. “Some coaches have this attitude of instant gratification, where they just want to win the next match and they don’t really care about the development of the players they train. “There is too much focus on the product of winning and not enough on the process of developing young players.” Adrian Byrne, coach education development officer with Coaching Ireland, said the repetitiveness of training sessions can lead to exhaustion and stressed the importance of co-operation between coaches. “There can be fatigue through repetition and when it’s a lot of the same thing every week over a consistent period, it becomes like working eight-hour days in any job,” Mr Byrne said. “If a young person is playing with three different teams, chances are there is no communication whatsoever between the coaches of the three teams. “You can empathise with coaches who are trying to field enough players to avoid having to give a walkover but sometimes the needs of the team are placed ahead of the needs of the child.” With thousands of children between the ages of 11 and 17 playing sport, they are training several evenings on a weekly basis. This can leave children exhausted and it may lead to difficulties with coaches who do not look kindly on their players engaging in other codes. Gary Lanigan, whose 11-year-old son plays with three different sports clubs, says his child should be able to enjoy his sport. “My son is usually training four nights a week, as well as hurling with the school, and recently he’s stopped playing rugby,” said Mr Lanigan. “He loves his sport but there have been times where he didn’t want to go training, simply because he was too tired from so many other training sessions. “I help out coaching an U-12 soccer team and we’re fairly tolerant of lads missing training to play something else but then other sports aren’t as accommodating,” Mr Lanigan added.

sive overall team performance. Kilmaley: Edel Griffey; Lisa Kennedy, Denise Lynch, Marie Hehir; Aida Griffey, Emer Considine, Niamh Cahill; Siobhán Maher, Shonagh Enright; Ashling O’Halloran, Emma O’Driscoll (0-1), Leanne McMahon; Ailish Considine (1-1), Claire McMahon (1-8), Sinéad O’Keeffe (1-0). Sub: Laoise Talty for Ailish Considine.

Important trip to Tipp coming up

Truagh-Clonlara in control against Tulla Truagh-Clonlara Tulla-Bodyke

picked off their points, leaving the score at the break Kilmaley 3-4 to Sixmilebridge 1-9. With only a point between the sides, the second half promised to be another tense encounter. Kilmaley had to contend with the loss of Ailish Considine through injury and managed to hold off the ’Bridge attack to win out by three points after an impres-

Ard Scoil Rís Thurles CBS

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WITH the help of a number of Clare players, Ard Scoil Rís from Limerick retained the Munster Colleges U-15A Hurling Championship (White Cup) last week when they accounted for Thurles CBS at Nenagh. Managed by Ennistymon’s Niall Crowe, they beat Blackwater Community School from Waterford (3-12 to 4-8), Clonmel (1-12 to 0-13) after extra time and Midleton (2-10 to 1-12) on their way to the final against Thurles. There were three players from Clare in the starting line-up, Padraic O’Loughlin, (Clon-

lara), who was the goalkeeper, Michael Danagher (Cratloe) and Nathan Fox (Parteen) who filled the wing-back positions. Broadford’s Sean Phelan was in defence in the opening game but sustained a broken finger, which kept him out of the remainder of the campaign. In the final, Cian Moriarty (Clonlara) came on at corner forward. Other Clare players who were members of the victorious panel were Evan Cunningham (Cratloe), Kevin Martin (Clonlara) and David Fitzgerald (Clonlara). Niall Crowe, a member of the teaching staff at the Ennis Road college, was joined by Fergal Lyons and Ger Downes on the management team.

■ Ardscoil Rís goalkeeper Paraic O’Loughlin (Clonlara) leads the celebrations after his side won the White Cup (Munster U-15A hurling) last Thursday.

Underage handball stars in the hunt for All-Ireland honours THIS Sunday, the All-Ireland juvenile finals will take place in O’Loughlins in Kilkenny, where the Banner County’s five Munster champions all face Ulster opposition in their respective finals. The action starts at 11am and the first match is the girls’ U-14 doubles final, with Clodagh Nash (Tuamgraney) and Doireann Murphy (Clarecastle) taking on Armagh’s Aoibhinn Henderson and Alana Doran. Clooney’s Natasha Coughlan and Michelle Nihill play Tyrone pair Maeve McElduff and Aoife Kelly in the girls’ U-16 doubles decider. Colin Corbett (Tulla) will be favourite to take

the boys’ U-16 title when he plays Eugene McGeough from Monaghan. This Saturday sees Colin Crehan and Niall Bolton play the All-Ireland minor doubles final in Cappagh, Limerick, at 12.30pm against Tyrone’s Pol Clarke and Gabhainn McCrystal. After impressive wins in the Munster final against fellow Clare pair Barry Nash and Patrick Fitzgerald and in the AllIreland semi-final against Wexford, hopes are high the Kilkishen/Tulla duo can claim a win this Saturday and take the prestigious minor crown. Tyrone defeated Leitrim in their All-Ireland semifinal. The minor decider will be followed by the

ladies’ senior singles final between Fiona Shannon of Antrim and Maria Daly from Kerry and the eagerly awaited men’s senior doubles final between Cavan (Paul Brady and Michael Finnegan) and Meath (Tom Sheridan and Brian Carroll). The triple-bill is all-ticket and, at time of writing, is almost sold out (contact handball office in Croke Park for details). Former All-Ireland doubles champions Diarmaid Nash and Niall Malone tasted success again last week when they won the UCD onewall handball tournament. The Tuamgraney pair came from behind to beat Stephen Cooney (Mayo) and Niall

O’Connor (Kildare) in the final. The tournament was played ‘as Gaeilge’ and was a fundraiser for the Croí charity. The Clare adult handball league Division 3 semi-finals took place last Wednesday night when Clarecastle were looking to make it an allMagpie final as their A team took on Shannon and the B team played Tuamganey. The focus will soon switch from small alley to big alley handball and the county handball board have requested all club secretaries forward a list of players interested in entering the 60x30 championships to county secretary Michael Hogan.

■ Diarmaid Nash and Niall Malone, left, with (holding cup) Kevin Mulligan UCD organising committee and runners-up Stephen Cooney, Niall O’Connor.

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Clare Champion




■ Above, Eimear Considine of Clare gets beyond Julie O’Sullivan. ■ Left, Louise Henchy evades the attention of Kerry’s Maria Quirke.

Photographs by John Kelly

Kelly goals clinch thrilling Clare win Clare Kerry

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Peter O’Connell IF the Clare lady footballers were a weather front, we’d be living in as variable climate as is imaginable. Their football is definitely full of variety, although their spirit seems resolute. If it wasn’t, they would have been well beaten by Kerry in Doonbeg last Sunday. Their four-point win secured a Division 2 semi-final place against Galway on Sunday, April 29 but that’s a mere particle of the story. Throughout the hour, Clare mixed excellent defending with porous defensive play, sublime attacking football with ponderous play in front of goal, aggression with placidity. The paucity of their firsthalf innings is underlined by the fact that Clare were eight points adrift (1-8 to 0-3) in the 29th minute. Luckily, Maria Kelly’s goal, a minute before the interval, infused Clare with vim and hope as they sat and plotted the remaining half hour’s football. Kelly’s crucial and impres-

sively executed goal was created by slick combination play involving Eimear O’Connor and Sarah Bohannan, who replaced the injured Ailish Considine. The latter pointed two of Clare’s first-half points, with Niamh O’Dea pointing the remainder from a free won by Niamh Keane. Sarah Houlihan was the player of the half, with the Kerry forward notching a superb 1-4 from play for the Kingdom girls, who will play Mayo in the other semi-final. She goaled in the 17th minute after Kerry won a Clare kickout. In fact, Clare’s inability to retain possession from their own kick-out was one of the main reasons why Kerry dominated most of the first half. On top of that, Kerry were more aggressive when competing for breaking ball in the middle third of the field. The Clare girls had a lengthy chinwag at half-time because Kerry were ready to go for several minutes before the home county re-emerged. There was another brief holdup when the referee insisted on being presented with the Kerry team list before he threw in the ball to restart the game.

Clare needed to start well and keep the pressure on Kerry but this plan went awry when Eimear Considine and Niamh O’Dea kicked early wides. Laura O’Sullivan’s fourth-minute point extended Kerry’s lead (1-9 to 1-3) and it looked as if more of the same was in the offing. Suddenly, Clare decided to up their game, defend from the front, compete feverishly for loose ball and take on Kerry. The scores flowed with O’Dea, Maria Kelly, Fiona Lafferty and Eimear Considine kicking four successive points. Lafferty’s effort was an inspirational score while Niamh Keane played a key role in setting up Kelly and Considine’s points. Now trailing 1-9 to 1-7, Clare continued to move through the gears. Immediately after Eimear Considine’s point, Clare won the kick-out and Maria Kelly buried her second goal before immediately following up with a point from play. Now completely transformed, Clare led 2-8 to 1-9 with 17 minutes left. Although rocking, Kerry didn’t capitulate as scores from Bernie Breen and Patrice Dennehy attest. Clare steadied though

and soon led 2-12 to 1-11 with O’Dea, Marie Considine, Eimear Considine and O’Dea, with a magnificent point, kicking four successive points. At this stage, Clare led 2-12 to 1-11 seven minutes from time. Eimear Considine’s score was a pivotal moment, coming seconds after Clare goalkeeper Emma O’Driscoll saved from Mary O’Keeffe. Yet again, Kerry showed their fortitude and tied the game at 2-12 each within minutes. Louise Galvin’s point from play was followed by a Patrice Dennehy penalty, awarded after Louise Henchy had impeded Deirdre Corridon. With the teams now deadlocked, a moment of class was what both teams required. Niamh O’Dea provided just that and pointed Clare ahead a minute from time. Three minutes into injury time, Katie Geoghegan won a penalty, which Louise Henchy rocketed into the Kerry net. Clare had secured an excellent win, bearing in mind that eight-point first-half deficit. They have the forwards to rack up match-winning scores against most teams. If they can tighten up defensively

and perhaps adopt a more conservative approach in the middle of the field, Clare have every chance of reaching the league final on Saturday, May 12. Maria Kelly, Emma O’Driscoll, Louise Henchy, Shauna Harvey, Niamh Keane, marie Considine and Niamh O’Dea excelled for Clare once they got going while Patrice Dennehy and Sarah Houlihan were Kerry’s most dangerous attackers. Clare: Emma O’Driscoll (Banner); Clare Hester (Fergus Rovers), Louise Henchy (Banner), Susan McNamara (Banner); Eimear O’Connor (Coolmeen), Lorraine Kelly (Fergus Rovers), Shauna Harvey (West Clare Gaels); Marie Considine (Liscannor), Fiona Lafferty (Donaghmoyne); Maria Kelly (West Clare Gaels), Niamh Keane (Banner), Maria Kelly (West Clare Gaels); Ailish Considine (Kilmihil), Niamh O’Dea (Banner), Eimear Considine (Kilmihil). Subs: Deirdre Troy (West Clare Gaels) for Susan McNamara; Sarah Bohannon (Shannon Gaels) for Ailish Considine (injured); Katie Geoghegan (West Clare Gaels) for Sarah Bohannon.

■ Clare mentor Aidan Moloney gives instructions from the sideline. Scorers: Maria Kelly (2-2), Niamh O’Dea (0-5), (0-3f), Louise Henchy 1-0 pen, Eimear Considine (0-2), Ailish Considine (0-2), (0-1f), Fiona Lafferty, Marie Considine (0-1) each. Wides: 6; frees: 23; 45s: 2. Kerry: Hannah Fortune; Cait Lynch, Aislinn Des-

mond, Laura Dunne; Julie O’Sullivan, Emma Sherwood, Cassandra Buckley; Bernie Breen (captain), Lorraine Scanlon; Louise Galvin, Maria Quirke, Maireád Finnegan; Sarah Houlihan, Deirdre Corridon, Patrice Dennehy. Subs: Megan O’Connell for Sarah Houlihan; Amy Foley for Deirdre Corridon;

Mary O’Keeffe for Maireád Finnegan. Scorers: Patrice Dennehy (1-4, 1-0 pen), Sarah Houlihan (1-4), Deirdre Corridon, Laura O’Sullivan, Bernie Breen, Louise Galvin (0-1) each. Wides: 12; frees: 23. Referee: Richard O’Connor (Tipperary).

All too easy for Kilmurry-Ibrickane KILMIHIL travelled to Quilty last Wednesday to play Kilmurry-Ibrickane in the Division 2 U-16 league. The home side got off to a great start with a goal from Chloe Moloney and by half-time they were 7-5 to 0-1 ahead. Moloney had accounted for 4-4 of that total, with Aoibhe King scoring 2-1 and Tara Comber 1-0. The home side continued to dominate after the break and added further scores from Chloe Moloney (0-2), Tara Comber (2-0), Aoibhe King (1-0), Kia Baker (1-0) and Ciara McDonald (1-0). The final score was 12-7 to 1-4 in favour of Kilmurry. Kilmurry-Ibrickane: Caithlin Campbell, Lauren McCarthy,

Niamh Sexton, Katie Flaherty, Gemma O’Neill, Rebecca Doohan, Maura Garvey, Ciara McCarthy, Molly Walsh, Eileen Lynch, Tara Comber, Nicola O’Doherty, Tara Lernihan, Chloe Moloney, Áine Cunningham. Subs: Aoibhe King for Áine Cunningham; Kia Baker for Eileen Lynch; Ciara McDonald, Sara Moloney, Clauda Doohan, Jackie O’Hansen, Emma Coughlan, Deirdre Lynch. Kilmihil: Joan Coughlan, Claire O’Flaherty, Ciara Downes, Eimear McNamara, Carol Finnucane, Carol Browne, Caoimhe Dennehy, Martyna Jarzyna, Becky Mahon, Sharon Egan, Kate Coughlan Caitriona O’Gorman, Amy Johnson, Sarah Browne, Naoimi Brennan.

Annagh/Mullagh win Cumann na mBunscoil Tournament THE Cumann na mBunscoil girls’ sevena-side football competition was won by Annagh/Mullagh girls last Wednesday. There were 24 school teams in the competition. Annagh/Mullagh qualified out of their group in West Clare. On the day of the finals in Clarecastle, they finished top of their group, met Kilkishen

in the final and won on a scoreline of 2-1 to 1-1. The winning panel was: Laura O’Donoghue, Claudia Doohan, Caitlin Campbell (captain), Jackie Johannson, Nicole O’Doherty, Siofra O’Dea, Amy Sexton, Áine Talty, Laura Byrnes, Lucy

Flanagan, Catriona Eagan, Rachel Mangan, Aileen Byrnes, Georgina Hornsby, Isabelle Luff, Alice Tubridy, Daisy Court, Julie Ann Byrnes, Emma Coughlan, Jessica Doohan, Ailish Conway, Clara Baker, Sharon Clancy. Trainers: Dermot Coughlan, Ann Marie Doyle and Connie Sexton.

■ The winning Annagh/Mullagh squad in the Cumann na Bunscoil competition.


Clare boxers chase national honours THE National Boys’ Boxing Championships, traditionally held during school holidays in Easter, will get under in the National Stadium in Dublin next Monday, continuing through to Saturday, when the finals will be boxed off. Clare boxers, who had a fantastic innings in last year’s championships, will defend their titles and are hoping for a repeat of last year’s heroics, having come through the Munster championships in Cork last week. 54kg champion Conor Doyle defends his title next week, having come through Munster with a comprehensive 14-7 victory over Sean O’Brien from Dunmanway and looking just as sharp as he was last year, when he won his first national title in the 48kg class. The extra weight seems

to have embellished Doyle’s punching power and hopes are high that he will add another title to his accomplishments. 60kg contender Mike McDonagh joins Doyle in the search for a title, having narrowly beaten Gary Butterfield from St Francis in Limerick in the final of the Munsters. This is a classy southpaw who has promised much but missed out on last year’s championships due to a shoulder injury and he stands a good chance of annexing his first national title come next week. He was hard-pressed to beat the tenacious Butterfield last week and while the fighters finished level at 10-10, McDonagh came through on a 31-28 countback for victory and a ticket to Dublin. Newcomer Martin C

O’Doherty in the 42kg class is unbeaten this season in seven starts and he carried all the aces in his action-packed final with Jim Hutchinson from Tramore, having stopped Cork’s A McDonald in the second round of his semi-final. Hutchinson was a resilient character though and the final was a thriller, with the Ennis youngster winning on a 7-3 margin. 39kg debutant Jim McDonagh made his Confirmation on the Saturday but had to rush off after the ceremony and forego his family celebration to beat Bantry’s Eamonn Lyons 13-9 in the semi-finals. Although outgunned in the final against reigning champion Paddy O’Donovan (OLOL Limerick) he still managed to keep his battle alive right up to the final bell, losing out by

a mere two points against the hard-hitting southpaw. O’Donovan is a former Ennis boxer who now plies his skills with the Limerick club OLOL and both himself and his younger sibling, Edward, won provincial titles last Sunday. Reigning champion Brian McDonagh, who did not defend his provincial title due to injury, will defend his national crown next week but he moves up in weight to the 63kg class and may be hardpressed to recapture the form that saw him reap honours last season. Two Clare girls, Tara Dowling from the Ennis club and Clodagh Collins from Kilfenora, won titles in the 60kg and 66kg divisions respectively. Collins beat R Shine from

■ Brian McDonagh, above left, and Conor Doyle. are both in action in the boys’ boxing championships.

OLOL and Dowling beat Macroom boxer Áine Kelleher and both will be in action in Kilfenora’s tournament in the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon next Saturday night. The Kilfenora show promises some marvellous entertainment, with all of the club’s fighters (male and female) in action against opponents from Galway, Limerick and Kerry.

The club’s mentors have spared no effort in making this their flagship opener and North Clare people will have good memories of great boxing tournaments at the Ennistymon venue during their halcyon years of the ’80s and ’90s. The show will benefit the Irish Cystic Fibrosis Society and a big crowd is anticipated at the venue, with the first bout scheduled for 7.30pm.

Ennis middleweight Keelan Sexton failed in his bid to add an Irish Cadets title to his three national titles at the National Stadium on Sunday last. Having beaten reigning champion Jonathan P Ward in the semi-finals on Saturday on an emphatic 11-4 margin, Sexton advanced to the final brimming with confidence. However, he lost out to Castlebar fighter Jim Sweeney

in a dour, unspectacular final in which he failed to make his mark with his trademark left hooks and was beaten 8-6. Sexton’s season is not over by any means and he plans to take a little rest before resuming training in May, with the prospect of earning a call to international duty. It is hoped he will have a fight on Saturday night’s charity show in Ennistymon.

The Clare Champion


Friday, April 6, 2012



Newmarket and Kilmaley level once again Kilmaley Newmarket

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Sports Editor Seamus Hayes IN the 2009 Minor A Hurling Championship Kilmaley and Newmarket clashed in the semi-final and ended level. In the replay, they were level again and the game went to extra time. In the closing moments of that the extra period, Kilmaley converted a free to record a one-point win. They went on to beat Sixmilebridge in the final. Three years on and the same clubs with most of the same players qualified for a quarter-final meeting in the U-21A championship. They played a draw leading to a replay last Saturday. Another draw resulted and it was on to extra time at the end of which they were still level. The latest meeting produced 40 scores and provided plenty of entertainment for the good sized attendance. Both sides will look back and point to chances missed but at the end of 80 minutes, a draw was a fair result in a game in which they were level on seven occasions. Kilmaley had the opening two points but then Newmarket hit seven in-arow, four from frees by Liam Clancy, who finished the game with 1-7, and they looked to be taking control. Kilmaley fought their way back and when the half-time whistle sounded, they were just two points adrift with the score at 0-9 to 0-7 in favour of Newmarket. On the resumption, they exchanged points three times before Daire Keane and John Dabey (65’) points levelled up the tie with 13 minutes remaining. In that time, they managed just two points each. When substitute Paul Kennedy fired Kilmaley into the lead in the 60th minute, it looked like they would go through to play Sixmilebridge but, in the fourth minute of injury time, Darren O’Connor struck for the Blues to tie up the game at 0-15 each.

Newmarket were dealt a big blow in the final 10 minutes of normal time, losing defender Shane Kelleher and midfielder Frank Melody to injury. Kilmaley had gone into the game without the injured Michael Pyne and Niall McGuane, both of whom were in their starting line-up in their first meeting. In the first period of extra time, each side added two points leaving them level at 0-17 each going into the final 10 minutes. Kilmaley were first to score in this period when John Cabey converted a free after a foul on Enda Finnucane. The only goal of the game came in the fourth minute of this period when Liam Clancy blasted a penalty to the net and it looked like this score would decide the issue but Kilmaley had other ideas and, in the last minute, Killian McNamara had the leveller to send the tie to another replay. The O’Connors, Sean, Darren and Nikall, Liam Clancy, Tommy Griffin and Frank Melody were prominent for Newmarket while Martin O’Connor, Colin McGuane, John Cabey and, particularly, Conor Cleary, stood out for Kilmaley. ■ Newmarket: Niall Woods; Seanie Kelleher, Sean O’Connor, Evan Keogh; Alan McInerney, Darren O’Connor (0-1), James Warren; Paudie Hayes, Frank Melody (0-1); Liam Clancy (1-7 all frees), Colm McCaul (0-1), Tommy Griffin (0-4); Shane Liddy (0-1), Niall O’Connor (0-3) and Niall Garry. Subs: Ian Cusack for Garry; Donogh Keogh for Kelleher (inj) Eanna McInerney for Melocy (inj). ■ Kilmaley: Bryan O’Loughlin; Stephen Griffey, Martin O’Connor, Darragh McMahon; Kevin McNamara, Colin McGuane, Enda Finnucane; Eoin Enright (0-2), Conor Cleary (0-2); John Cabey (0-5, 3f 2 65s); Paul Barry, Killian McNamara (0-1); Daire Keane (0-5), Michael O’Neill (0-5, 4f), Aidan McGuane. Subs: Tomas Lynch for Barry; Paul Kennedy (0-1) for McNamara; McNamara for Lynch. ■ Referee: Ger Hoey, Killanena.

■ (Above) Kilmaley’s Eoin Enright chases Newmarket’s Paudie Hayes during their U-21 match at Clarecastle. ■ (Top right) Aidan McGuane challenges Newmarket’s James Warren. ■ Conor Cleary escapes Liam Clancy. Photographs by Arthur Ellis

Five chasing final places this weekend

Crusheen on top in replay Crusheen 3-11 Tulla-Bodyke 1-7

IN this U-21B hurling championship quarter-final replay at Gurteen on Friday evening, Crusheen were the better side and led from the early minutes. Two first-half goals from senior player Jamie Fitzgibbon gave them a five-point interval advantage when the score stood at 2-4 to 0-5. Fitzgibbon finished as the game’s top scorer with 2-4 to his credit, while his fellow senior team colleague Conor O’Donnell got through a lot of work and contributed 0-2 to his side’s final tally. The East Clare combination can

point to a tally of 14 wides as a major contributory factor in this defeat on a day when Crusheen goalie Briain Dillon was particularly prominent in the final quarter. Early in the second half, the amalgamation were given a boost when David McInerney struck for their goal but a like score from Colin Vaughan kept Crusheen in a comfortable position. Crusheen will now play neighbours Clooney-Quin in this week’s semi-final. ■ Crusheen: Briain Dillon; Mark Perrill, Conor Hayes, Edmond Fogarty; Rory Halpin, Jason Greene, Conor O’Loughlin; Youen

Horner, Padraic O’Malley; Conor O’Donnell (0-2), Jamie Fitzgibbon (2-4), Sean Weir (0-3); Colin Vaughan (1-2), Ethan O’Donnell, Anthony Rodgers. Sub: Luke Hayes for O’Malley. ■ Tulla-Bodyke: Niall Bolton (Tulla); Sean McGrath (Bodyke), John Fahy (Tulla), Gavin Moroney (Bodyke); Oisín Molloy (Bodyke), David McInerney (Tulla) (1-0), Cormac Lynch (Tulla); Tomás McMahon (Tulla), Manus Maguire (Bodyke); Mark Lynch (Tulla), Trevor Vaughan (Tulla) (0-4), Colm Halpin (Tulla) (0-1); Paddy Fitzgerald (Bodyke), Shane McNamara (Tulla) (0-2), Sam Edbrook (Tulla).

Seamus Hayes BARRING draws, five of the six finalists in this seasons U-21 hurling championships (A, B and C grades) should be known this Friday evening. The first of the A semi-finals brings Clonlara and Ballyea into opposition at Sixmilebridge (throw-in 5.30pm) and supporters of both sides fancy their chances of winning this one. Cathal O’Connell, Colm Galvin, James Hastings, Shane O’Brien and Cillian Fennessy impressed for the South-East Clare side when they overcame Cratloe in Round 1 and they will be looking to them to lead the way this week. Ballyea are likely to be without Martin

Clare Champion Cup commences Seamus Hayes

THE adult domestic hurling season gets underway this weekend with first round dames in Division 1, 2 and 3, most of which are scheduled for Bank Holiday Monday. In the week that the championship draws were made, the opening round of these leagues should give an early season indication as to how much work the various panels have done to date in preparation for the championship. In what are difficult times for clubs as far as the raising of funds is concerned the fact that the competition sponsors, The Clare Champion, offer cash prizes to the winners and runners up has added to interest in the league in recent seasons Last year’s finalists, Newmarket (winners) and Inagh-Kilnamona meet in the opening round of the Clare Champion Cup (Division 1A) at Kilnamona on Monday. Two points separated the sides in the final and the Blues will start as slight favourites to repeat that result Newmarket will be looking to inter-county men James McInerney, Enda Barrett, Colin Ryan and Eoin Hayes to lead the way against a side that will be looking to Patrick Kelly, Eamonn and Brian Glynn and the Arthur brothers to get their season off to a winning start. In recent years Clonlara have been in the concluding stages of this competition on a number of occasions. Donal Madden, a native of Tulla, has joined Pat Conlon’s management team this year They open this year’s campaign when the entertain Tulla and will look to the O’Connell brothers, Ger, Nicky and Cathal, John Conlon, the O’Donovan brothers, Domhnaill, Cormac and Tomas and Colm Galvin to give them the upperhand against a Tulla side that will call on the Brennan and Quinn brothers, David McInerney and the Lynchs. County champions, Crush-

O’Leary due to injury but hopes are high Jack Browne will have recovered from the hand injury which kept him out of their first-round win over Éire Óg. They will again be looking to Paul Flanagan, Cathal Doohan, Gearóid O’Connell and Tony Kelly to lead the way. At the end of what is likely to be a close tie, Ballyea are tipped to be ahead. Meanwhile, on Friday evening, Kilmaley and Newmarket will face each other in the second replay of their quarter-final tie with Sixmilebridge awaiting the winners in the semi-final, which is set for next Wednesday. Another close contest is expected between two groups of players, who have produced some very exciting contests at minor level and again in this campaign. The likelihood is that whoever comes through, there will be


Championship draws throw up interesting pairings Seamus Hayes

■ Newmarket and Inagh-Kilnamona renew 2011 final rivalry this weekend as the Clare Champion Cup gets underway.

een will start as favourites for their game with Whitegate. They will again be looking to the Brigdales, the Dillons and Jamie Fitzgibbon to mention a few but are likely to be without the injured Pat Vaughan and Gerry O’Grady for the early part of the season while Gearóid O’Donnell, who was married last week, is on honeymoon. Whitegate have lost a number of players to emigration and while inter-county panellists, Brendan Bugler and Andrew Fahy will be in their line up they may struggle in this competition. Martin Sheedy begins his terms as Clarecastle manager with a home league tie against Cratloe whose backroom team includes his former clubmate, Alan Neville. The Magpies have struggled a bit in recent times and it will be interesting to see how this season goes

for them. Jonathon Clancy, Stephen O’Halloran, Tyrone Kearse, and Patrick Kelly are regulars in their line up while Conor Plunkett is expected to return after missing most of last season due to injury. Cratloe will be looking to their Clare contingent of Conor McGrath, Liam Markham, Cathal McInerney and Sean Collins along with Conor Ryan, Michael Hawes, Barry Duggan and Paudge Collins and should manage a first round win. Sixmilebridge will travel to Clooney with the favourites tag for their first round tie. The Moreys, Derek Fahy, Tadhg Keogh, Shane Golden and Tony Carmody should steer them past a ClooneyQuin outfit that is under new management this year with Francis Browne in charge. Cillian Duggan and his cousins Martin and Peter, Conor Har-

risson and the McNamaras will lead the home side’s challenge but it may not be enough to prevent the visitors from starting with a win. In Division 1B the meeting of Kilmaley and Éire Óg could well prove to be the game of the round. Last year, Éire Óg ended their neighbours unbeaten run to seal promotion from Division 2B ahead of Ruan and will fancy their chances of repeating that victory against a Kilmaley side that will be without their U-21 contingent should they manage to progress to the semi-final of their championship. Elsewhere in this division, Tubber, Wolfe Tones, O’Callaghans Mills and Ballyea will all enjoy home advantage against Broadford, St Joseph’s, Smith O’Briens and Feakle. Incidentally, former Limerick manager, Tom Ryan will be in charge of Ballyea

this season. St Joseph’s will be managed by former player, Kieran O’Neill while the return of such players as Brian O’Connell to the Wolfe Tones line up after a spell in Australia should all serve to add to the interest in this league The race for Division 2 honours commences on Sunday when Crusheen entertain Sixmilebridge and the remaining games in this group go ahead on Monday when Parteen, Scariff and Killanena entertain Ogonnelloe, Ruan and Ennistymon respectively. Division 3 (Intermediate League) begins on Saturday with the meeting of InaghKilnamona and Newmarket at Kilnamona. On Sunday Meelick entertain Cratloe, Clonlara have home advantage against Éire Óg and Bodyke will welcome Clooney-Quin.

no more than a score or two between them when the final whistle sounds. The semi-finals of the B championship are also likely to produce two close contests. Crusheen, with the benefit of a replay against Tulla-Bodyke last week, will carry the favourites’ tag into their clash with neighbours, Clooney-Quin, who will be looking to Peter Duggan to cause problems for the opposition. Supporters of both St Joseph’s and Smith O’Brien’s hold out hopes of victory in their semi-final. The Killaloe side will enter the game as slight favourites and will be hoping to justify this rating. Feakle-Killanena are hoping to atone for the disappointment of losing last year’s C final and a win over Whitegate on Friday will see them back in the final.

THERE will be a repeat of last year’s senior hurling championship semi-final meeting between Sixmilebridge and their neighbours, Cratloe in the opening round of the 2012 title race. That was just one of a number of interesting pairings thrown up when the draws for the 2012 championships were made last Friday. Title holders, Crusheen, who are chasing a third success in-a-row, have been grouped with Broadford, Tulla and Newmarket. The senior football championship has undergone a noticeable change in format this year. Instead of four groups of four, as has been the case for the past decade, the event is now organised on an open draw format with first-round losers getting a second chance to get back into the competition. Previously, there was no seeding involved and all 16 teams were in the hat when the draw for the eight first-round games was made. In the past couple of seasons, current champions Kilmurry-Ibrickane have struggled to account for Cratloe so when the draw paired them together in the 2012 first round, interest was aroused straight away. Doonbeg, always in the shortlist of potential winners, will face Lissycasey, a side they only managed to beat by two points in the opening round last year. Newly promoted Clondegad will come up against the team, which beat them in the intermediate final two years ago, St Breckan’s. Liscannor, beaten finalists in 2010, will have Wolfe Tones as their first-round opponents while last year’s finalists St Joseph’s will face Cooraclare. The eight first-round losers will then playoff against each other with the four winners getting back into the championship race. The group format still exists in the senior hurling title race but there is a change in that two groups of four will battle it out for the B title with three groups of four in the A competition. The winners of each of the B groups will qualify for the championship quarter-finals and also for the B final, while the top two in each of the three A groups will get through to the quarter-finals. Three teams were seeded here with Kilmaley winning the toss over Cratloe, last year’s beaten semi-finalists, to see who would join Crusheen and Sixmilebridge as the seeds. Having returned to senior status after a number of years at intermediate level, Éire Óg will be in the senior B groupings. Win-

ners of the senior title back in 2006, Wolfe Tones now find themselves in the B division but with the return of Brian O’Connell, John Coen and Jamie Roughan after a spell overseas, should strengthen their team. There is also a slight change in how the intermediate hurling championship will be run this year. It is now in three groups of four rather than two groups of six which operated last year. The top team in each group will qualify for the semi-final with the three runners-up playing off for the fourth semifinal spot. Killanena are back in this championship having been relegated last year after just one year in the top grade. The format for the Junior A Championships is unchanged. SENIOR FOOTBALL Ennistymon v Miltown; St Joseph’s v Cooraclare; Liscannor v Wolfe Tones; Clondegad v St Breckan’s; KilmurryIbrickane v Cratloe; Doonbeg v Lissycasey; Shannon Gaels v St Senan’s; Kilrush v Éire Óg. INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL Group 1: O’Callaghan’s Mills, KilmurryIbrickane, Kilfenora, Meelick. Group 2: Kilmihil, O’Currys, Corofin, Kildysart. Junior A football Group 1: Michael Cusacks, Coolmeen, Naomh Eoin, Cooraclare, Kilrush. Group 2: Clooney-Quin, St Joseph’s, Ennistymon, Lissycasey. Group 3: Éire Óg, Clondegad, Clarecastle, Miltown. Group 4: Doonbeg, Ballyvaughan, Kilmihil, Clonlara. Senior hurling Group 1: Kilmaley, Clarecastle, Clooney-Quin, Inagh-Kilnamona. Group 2: Crusheen, Broadford, Tulla, Newmarket. Group 3: Sixmilebridge, Cratloe, Clonlara, St Joseph’s. Senior B hurling Group 1: O’Callaghan’s Mills, Ballyea, Whitegate, Éire Óg. Group 2: Wolfe Tones, Scariff, Tubber, Smith O’Brien’s. Intermediate hurling Group 1: Meelick, Ennistymon, Feakle, Parteen. Group 2: Corofin, Killanena, Crusheen, Sixmilebridge. Group 3: Newmarket, Ogonnelloe, Bodyke, Ruan. Junior A hurling Group 1: Clarecastle, St Joseph’s, O’Callaghan’s Mills, Inagh-Kilnamona, Corofin, Clonlara. Group 2: Cratloe, Sixmilebridge, Éire Óg, Kilmaley, Clooney-Quin.

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Clare Champion




Magpies and Kilmaley in Féile final CLARECASTLE and Kilmaley will contest the Clare Féile na nGael U-14 hurling final after they overcame Wolfe Tones and Sixmilebridge respectively in last Saturday’s semi-finals. Clarecastle had to battle all the way before accounting for Wolfe Tones at Sixmilebridge but Kilmaley were always in control against Sixmilebridge and ran out comfortable winners at Clarecastle. Clarecastle Wolfe Tones

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DEFENDING champions Wolfe Tones looked like they might force extra time when they were awarded a penalty in injury time but Brian O’Connor’s shot was saved by midfielder Adam Cassidy and the Shannon boys were out of the title race. These clubs had met in both the Féile and championship finals last year when the Shannon side were victorious on both occasions. The lead changed hands on a number of occasions in this latest clash with the sides level three times. Clarecastle’s fourth goal, which decided the tie, came four minutes from the end from David Barry. Early in the second half Clarecastle lost centre-back Hayden Starr to injury and this was a blow. Stephen Barry had his side’s first goal and this helped them to an early lead but a like score from Dylan Frawley helped Tones to lead on a 15 to 1-3 scoreline as half-time aproached. However, Clare-

castle had the final say and an Owen O’Hara goal helped them to lead by the minimum margin at half-time. The Tones had the opening three points of the second half from Dylan Frawley (2) and Dean Devanney but a Jack Murphy goal from a free saw Clarecastle back in front 10 minutes into the half. They were level three times after this until Barry’s goal put his side through to the final for the second year in a row. Clarecastle: Lee Brack; Jack Hayes, Mark McCabe, Stephen Kelleher; Kevin Hartigan, Hayden Starr, Cian Donnelly; Ronan Garvey, Adam Cassidy; Jack Murphy (1-2), Stephen Barry (1-1), Marc McAuliffe; Sean Egan, Owen O’Hara (1-2 ), David Barry (1-0). Subs: Niall Galvin for Kelleher; Killian McDermott (0-1) for Starr (inj); Brandon Greene for Egan; Mark O’Loughlin for D Barry. Wolfe Tones: Shane Russell; Darragh Lohan, Conor Ferns, Gary Cusack; Darragh O’Rourke, Sean Costelloe, Brian Conway; Evan O’Gorman, Dean Devanney (0-3); Cian O’Rourke, Philip Leahy, Eoin McAllister; Dylan Frawley (1-2), Jamie Divilley (0-1), Brian O’Connor (0-6). Kilmaley Sixmilebridge

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PLAYING with a strong breeze in the first half allowed Kilmaley to build up a huge lead of 18 points at half-time (2-12 to 0-0) in this semi-final tie played at Clarecastle.

The impressive Éanna McMahon set the tone for the afternoon after just two minutes, with a fine score from play after some good work from centre-forward Aaron Slattery, which would become the template for many of Kilmaley’s scores throughout this semi-final. The strength of the breeze favouring Kilmaley was evident from the extremely short distance the ’Bridge’s puckouts were travelling. Kilmaley were only too willing to take advantage, with points through Aidan O’Brien, Seán Kennedy (free) and Aidan Kennedy before the aforementioned Éanna McMahon essentially ended the ’Bridge’s hopes as early as the 10th minute with an opportunistic goal from 40 yards. A second goal soon followed from Aidan Kennedy, who showed brilliant control before expertly finishing past Stephen Slattery in the Sixmilebridge goal. In fact, had it not been for Slattery, the ’Bridge may have been on the end of an even bigger defeat, such was his brilliance on the day. Further points from Seán O’Loughlin (2), Aaron Slattery, Seán Kennedy, Aidan O’Brien, Cathal Darcy, Éanna McMahon and Tom O’Rourke left Kilamley in a comfortable position going in at the break. Any thoughts of a comeback from the ’Bridge at the beginning of the second half were soon ended as midfielder Seán O’Loughlin threw over four consecutive points before the ’Bridge registered their first score through a 65’ from the impressive Charlie

■ Above left, Sixmilebridge’s Cillian Custy escapes the challenge of Senan Killeen. ■ Above right, Diarmuid Quinn tries to block the shot from Kilmaley’s Sean Kennedy.

Carmody, who added another score from a free just five minutes later. These two scores sandwiched another Éanna McMahon point along with a goal from Aaron Slattery. Charlie Carmody hit two further points late in the second half for the ’Bridge, his final

Photographs by John Kelly

score being a particularly impressive effort from play 40 yards from goal on the sideline. Kilmaley had notable performances from Rafe Queally, Seán Kennedy, Seán O’Loughlin, Cathal Darcy, Aaron Slattery, Éanna McMahon and Aidan Kennedy. On a day when they were

outclassed in nearly every department, the ’Bridge had proud showings from Conor Hassett, Charlie Carmody, Ronan Tuohy, Pa Mulready and Cian Hogan. Kilmaley: Ronan Callinan; Seán Crowley, Rafe Queally, Tomás Barry; Aidan Griffey, Seán Kennedy (0-2f), Senan Killeen; Cathal Darcy (0-1),

Seán O’Loughlin (0-6); Aidan O’Brien (0-2), Aaron Slattery (1-1), Éanna McMahon (1-3); Tom O’Rourke (0-1), Aidan Kennedy (1-1), Gary McMahon. Sub: Conor Talty. Sixmilebridge: Stephen Slattery; Conor Hassett, Óisín Fitzpatrick, Pádraic

Ryan; Cian McInerney, Charlie Carmody (0-3), Éanna Chaplin; Ronan Tuohy, Diarmuid Quinn; Cian Hogan (0-1), Pa Mulready, Cillian Custy; Paul Corry, Jack O’Grady, Pádraig Hassett. Subs: Jake Dinneen, Cathal Roche, Joseph Hogan, Eric Purcell.


King’s goal proves decisive in Kilmurry-Ibrickane victory Kilmurry-Ibrickane 1-13 Doonbeg 0-9 THIS is one of the few Cusack Cup games to generate interest amongst the general public. This was reflected by the sizeable crowd at the second-round game in Shanahan McNamara Park last Saturday evening. When Kilmurry play Doonbeg, incident and maximum effort levels are a given. The incident was catered for eight minutes before halftime when Doonbeg’s Conor Whelan was red-carded following an incident with Michael O’Dwyer. There was a time when Doonbeg lifted their game to a new level if they found themselves a man down. Last weekend wasn’t one of those times. Kilmurry led 0-6 to 0-4 at half-time, with Noel Downes, Enda Coughlan, Tom Lernihan and Peter O’Dwyer finding the target for the winners. Conor Downes, Enda Doyle and Brian Dillon scored Doonbeg’s first-half points. The home club upped their game in the early minutes of the second half. Points from Dillon and Frank O’Dea, sandwiched between a Noel Downes reply, left Kilmurry 0-7 to 0-6 ahead. However, Keith King’s nicely taken goal proved the game’s crucial score. Just a minute later, Shane Ryan had a excellent chance of goaling in instant reply but his shot went wide at Peter O’Dwyer’s right-hand post at the scoreboard end. Had that shot nestled in the net, the last 20 min-

utes could have been rather more eventful. A Noel Downes point stretched Kilmurry’s lead (18 to 0-6) but three successive Brian Dillon points infused Doonbeg with some hope. However, a fisted Downes point, followed by a similar Keith King, effort was added to by an Enda Coughlan free. The same player added a superb score from play, as did Peter O’Dwyer in the closing minutes. Five minutes from time Shane Ryan had another goal effort blocked by Darren Hickey while Doonbeg goalkeeper Eamon Downes made an excellent save from Odran O’Dwyer a minute from normal time. Kilmurry-Ibrickane: Peter O’Dwyer; Shane Hickey, Darren Hickey, Pat Sexton; Tom Lernihan, Paul O’Connor, Thomas O’Connor; Keith King, Peter O’Dwyer; Seamus Murrihy, Enda Coughlan, Niall Hickey; Stephen Moloney, Noel Downes, Michael O’Dwyer. Subs: Johnny Daly for Niall Hickey; Odran O’Dwyer for Seamus Murrihy; Seamus Lynch for Thomas O’Connor; Eamon Dunne for Pat Sexton. Doonbeg: Eamon Tubridy; Philip Smith, Pádraig Gallagher, Conor Whelan; Richie Vaughan, Brian Dillon, Jim Bob Griffin; Frank O’Dea, Enda Doyle; Brian Egan, Colm Dillon, Conor Downes; Cian Clancy, Shane Ryan, Paul Dillon. Subs: Colm Killeen for Paul Dillon (injured).

Miltown 2-4 Ennistymon 0-9 FOLLOWING their second successive Cusack Cup win, St Joseph’s Miltown are now joint top of the Cusack Cup table along with neighbours Kilmurry-Ibrickane. The winners led 1-3 to 0-4 at half-time, with Dessie Molohan netting the first of Miltown’s goals. Ian Sexton struck for Miltown’s second goal early in the second half and it was this score that proved pivotal in securing the result. However, Ennistymon finished impressively and scored the game’s last four points from Seán Cullinan, Joe Dowling and Brian McDonagh. Miltown play Shannon Gaels this weekend while Ennistymon take on St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield. Miltown: Niall Quinn; Enda Malone, Kevin Burke, Brendan O’Brien; Ian Sexton, Gordon Kelly, David Cleary; Seán Meade, Darragh McDonagh; Micheál Malone, Gary Egan, Seánie Malone; Joe Curtin, Eoin Curtin, Dessie Molohan. Subs: Gearóid Curtin for David Cleary; Michael Hehir for Gary Egan; Enda O’Gorman for Brendan O’Brien. Ennistymon: Seán Keane; Enda Ralph, Brian McDonagh, Wayne Griffin; Michael Devitt, Kieran Devitt, James Murphy; Laurence Healy, Michael Houlihan; Joe Dowling, Joey Rouine, Seán O’Driscoll; Cathal McGonigley, John McInerney, Seán

Cullinan. Sub: Eamon Murphy for John McInerney.

Eire Óg 2-10 Kilrush 1-6 SECOND-half goals from Darren O’Neill helped Éire Óg to their third Cusack Cup point last weekend. Having drawn their first game against Ennistymon, this victory completes an excellent opening week of Cusack Cup football for James Hanrahan’s teams. Having been well beaten by Miltown in their first game, Kilrush improved considerably on that display. The teams were level at 0-4 each at half-time but an early second-half Donal Madigan goal helped Kilrush to establish a 1-6 to 0-4 advantage. At this juncture, it looked as if Kilrush were about to build on this lead and record a win but Éire Óg were soon on the comeback trail. O’Neill, one of the Clare U21’s best performers against Cork the previous Wednesday, goaled 15 minutes from time while Danny Russell, Eoin Glynn, Shane Daniels and Seán O’Meara added points. O’Neill netted his second late in the second half. Éire Óg: Shane O’Connell; Francie Keane, Saran Butler, Robbie Malone; Aidan McGrath, Shane Daniels, David Smyth; David Russell, Brian Frawley; Dylan Blake, Seán Crotty, Colin Smyth; Eoin Glynn, Darren O’Neill, Seán O’Meara.

Subs: Danny Russell for Aidan McGrath; Mattie Melican for Robbie Malone; James Sweeney for Dylan Blake; Paul Madden for Brian Frawley. Kilrush: Tony Burke; Seamus Bolton, Niall Gilbride, Cathal Lyons; Niall Brennan, Matthew Moloney, John Hayes; Jim Young, Darragh Bolton; Donal Madigan, Padjoe McGrath, Niall Clancy; Stephen Sweeney, Owen Tarrant, Ruaidhri O’Connor. Subs: Calum Bond for Donal Madigan; David O’Shea for Niall Clancy; Jamie Gilligan for Stephen Sweeney.

Doora-Barefield 4-14 Shannon Gaels 0-4 ST Joseph’s Doora-Barefield hammered Shannon Gaels in their meeting in Gurteen last Saturday evening. While Shannon Gaels were minus some of their more experienced players, St Joseph’s dominated completely and deserved their emphatic win. The home club led 2-8 to 0-3 at half-time and the game was well over at that stage. Cathal Duggan and Luke Brannock scored their goals while Cathal O’Sullivan and Alan O’Neill added similar scores in the second period. This was St Joseph’s first win of the campaign while Shannon Gaels have now lost both their opening fixtures. Doora-Barefield: Declan O’Keeffe; Paudie Nugent, Seán Flynn, Declan Malone; Damien Kennedy, Ivor Whyte, Ger Fannin; Mark

■ Above, Kilrush’s John Hayes gets away from Dylan Blake. ■ Left, Cathal Lyons under pressure from Éire Óg’s David Russell. Photographs by Arthur Ellis

Hallinan, Kevin Dilleen; Paul Dullaghan, Greg Lyons, David O’Brien; Luke Brannock, Cathal O’Sullivan, Cathal Duggan. Subs: Alan O’Neill for Ger Fannin; Enda Lyons for Cathal Duggan; Mark Brooks for Paudie Nugent; Jamie Collins for Luke Brannock;

Chris O’Brien for Paul Dullaghan. Shannon Gaels: Keith Ryan; Michael McMahon, Micheál Lorigan, Stephen O’Shea; Damien O’Connell, Frank Cleary, Michael Coughlan; Padraig Neylon, Michael O’Donoghue; Fergal O’Neill, Nigel Hehir, Mark

Bohannon; Brian Cunningham, David Neylon, Shane Tubridy. Subs: Noel Kennedy for Michael McMahon; Martin Tubridy for Fergal O’Neill; Declan O’Connell for Stephen O’Shea; Cillian McMahon for Shane Tubridy.


Lissycasey come from behind to take a share of the points

Lissycasey 1-10 Cooraclare 2-7 WHEN Cooraclare went seven points clear inside the last quarter of this Garry Cup tie at Cooraclare on Friday night, they looked to be heading for their first win of the campaign. However, a strong finish from Lissycasey earned them a merited share of the spoils. The visitors had the better of the first half and should have been more than two points clear at half-time when the score stood at 0-5 to 0-3. In the second quarter, they had failed to convert two great goal opportunities. On the resumption, Cooraclare grabbed the initiative and goals from Gearóid Looney and Sean Maguire, together with some good points from John Looney, helped them open a seven-point gap inside the last quarter. To their credit, Lissycasey regained the initiative and points from Francis Hayes, Enda Finnucane and David Considine

were followed by an excellent Francis Hayes goal to earn a share of the spoils. Gerry Moran, Cyril Sheehan and Matt Gilroy were others to impress for Lissycasey while Thomas Donnellan, and Conor Marrinan, in addition to the Looneys, did well for the home side. Lissycasey: Shane Normoyle; Cyril Sheehan, Gerry Moran, Danny Clohessy; Martin Moran, Matt Gilroy, Alan Nagle; Francis Hayes, Matt O’Shea; Enda Finnucane, David Considine, Dermot Nagle; Oisín Talty, Niall Kelly, Paul Nagle. Subs: Sean Hayes for P Nagle; Kevin Hanrahan for Talty; Brendan O’Connor for M Moran (inj). Cooraclare: Declan Keane; Colm Carroll, Conor Marrinan, Michael Chambers; Sean Killeen, Thomas Donnellan, Kevin Hassett; Andrew O’Neill, Gearóid Looney; Declan McMahon, Sean Maguire, Michael Kelly; Joe Martyn, John Looney, Darragh O’Dea. Subs: Robert Ryan for Killeen; James Burke for Hassett; Justin Ryan for


Cratloe 2-6 Clondegad 0-6 A BRACE of second-half goals from Paudge Collins sealed victory for Cratloe over Clondegad at Cratloe on Saturday evening. At the end of an evenly contested first half, they led by four points to three. The game continued to be tight in the second half until Collins got in for his first goal. His second came after his penalty was saved but he won possession from the rebound and found the net. Both sides were short some regulars, with Clondegad lining out with the Brennan brothers, Gary and Shane. Clondegad: Declan O’Loughlin; Flan Enright, Paddy O’Connell, Brian Murphy; Francie Nealon, Conor Gavin, Kevin Donnelly; Kieran Browne, Eoin Griffin; Kenneth Kelly, Francie O’Reilly, James Murphy; Paudge McMahon, Pat Coffey, Eoin Donnelly.

Sub: Stephen Enright for Donnelly (inj). Cratloe: Wes De Loughrey; Sean Chaplin, Michael Hawes, David Ryan; Martin Ogie Murphy, Enda Boyce, Patrick O’Gorman; Kevin Browne, Conor Ryan; Damian Browne, Paudge Collins, Dean De Loughrey; Gearóid Ryan, Fergal Carroll, Pádraig Chaplin. Subs: Aidan Browne for D Browne; Robert Foskin for O’Gorman; David Collins for D De Loughrey.

O’Curry’s 1-9 St Breckan’s 0-8 A CONTRIBUTION of 1-5 from Eoin Troy helped O’Curry’s to their first win in the cup when they overcame St Breckan’s at Doonaha on Saturday. The winners led at the break on a score of 1-4 to 0-3 and maintained this advantage to the end, despite the absence of inter-county man Ger Quinlan. St Breckan’s were without a number of regulars including county panellist Stephen Tierney.

O’Curry’s: Eoin Clohessy; Thomas Roche, Ollie Quinlan, Paul Roche; Brian Troy, Sean Haugh, Eoin Brew; Derek Troy, Eoin Troy; Damian Carmody, Michael Foran, Tom Downes; James Troy, Declan Walsh, Michael Carmody. Subs: Damian Clohessy for J Troy; Colin Lynch for P Roche; Sean Murphy for Walsh. St Breckan’s: John Stack; Daniel Carey, Conor Howley, Declan Stack; Cathal Blood, Raphael Considine, John P Keating; Sean Howley, Michael Keating; Denis O’Driscoll, Sean Cormican, Dale Masterson; Donal Howley, Pat Nagle, Conor Cormican. Subs: Neil Hawes for S Howley; Andrew McMahon for J Stack.

Liscannor 1-7 St Senan’s, Kilkee 0-8 LISCANNOR won their second successive game when they beat Kilkee away last Saturday. Half-time substitute Kieran Considine scored the crucial goal

for Liscannor. The teams were tied at 0-4 each at half-time. This was Kilkee’s second successive defeat in the competition, having lost their opening tie to Lissycasey. Liscannor lined out without Clare captain Alan Clohessy while Kilkee were without county forward Michael O’Shea. Liscannor: Noel Kilmartin; Shane Canavan, David McDonagh, Alan Canavan; Kieran Roche, Michael Foley, Dara Blake; Ronan Slattery, Brian Considine; Robert Lucas, Johnny Considine, Gerry Considine; Niall Considine, Alan Flaherty, Pádraig Haugh. Sub: Kieran Considine for Pádraig Haugh. St Senan’s, Kilkee: Kevin Harte; Darren Clarke, Brendan Smith, Ronan Browne; Darren Owens, Christy Kirwan, Gavin Melican; Darragh Kelly, Chris Williamson; Barry Harte, David Russell, Brian Harte; Keith Downes, Micheal Keane, Diarmuid Keane. Subs: Alan Russell for Michael Keane; Shane Keane for Christy Kirwan.

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Clare look set to maintain winning run Seamus Hayes

JUST six weeks after they clashed in the opening round of the competition when Clare recorded a 14-point win, Shannonside neighbours Limerick and Clare will meet in the Division 1B final at the same venue, the Gaelic Grounds. This Saturday’s final will throw in at 6pm, with Offaly’s Brian Gavin in charge. The winners will be in Division 1A next season and will also earn a league semi-final date against Kilkenny on Sunday, April 22, in Thurles at 2pm. For the past two years, Clare have failed at the final hurdle in their efforts to win promotion to the top division. Two years ago Wexford won the day while last year Limerick came out

on top in Ennis. Having subsequently been dropped to Division 1B when the groupings were re-drawn clearly irked Limerick and is sure to be a driving force for them this week. When they met in the opening round, a 14-point win for Clare did not appear to be on the cards after 20 minutes when they trailed by five. The game turned in their favour in the next 11 minutes when the visitors hit 1-8 without reply. On that occasion Clare displayed a greater level of fitness and hunger for victory. The loss of Declan Hannon proved a big blow to Limerick as he had been their main scoring threat in the two games between the sides in the Waterford Crystal a few weeks earlier. The Adare star has been out of action since then and is unlikely to play in Saturday’s final.

Nicky O’Connell and team captain Pat Donnellan ruled the midfield exchanges at the end of February and if they can repeat that dominance this week, it should help lay the foundation for a repeat victory. While Clare boss Davy Fitzgerald isn’t expected to finalise his starting line up until later this week, it’s likely the team will be similar to that which played against their neighbours in the opening round. Cian Dillon, James McInerney, Patrick O’Connor and Brendan Bugler will be in the defence while, up front, Conor McGrath, scorer of 1-10 in the opening round and John Conlon are sure to cause problems for Limerick. Fergal Lynch will be an absentee following his sending off in Tullamore last week and that will open the door

for Aaron Cunningham and Caimin Morey to stake a claim for inclusion from the start. The Clare defence will have to be disciplined and not concede frees. In Shane Dowling, Limerick has a freetaker who will punish any indiscretion. Wayne McNamara, Donal O’Grady, Gavin O’Mahoney, Graeme Mulcahy and Niall Moran are others who have been to the fore for Limerick on their way to this final. On the evidence of their performances to date, Clare will start as favourites but, according to Clare boss Davy Fitzgerald, “This will be much much tighter”. At the end of what should be an entertaining contest Clare should still be unbeaten and through to a clash with ■ Conor McGrath was one of the main target men in the last outing against Limerick scoring 1-10. Kilkenny.

Aaron dashes dad’s final dream Clare Offaly

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Seamus Hayes

IN the lead up to this Division 1B Hurling League tie at O’Connor Park in Tullamore on Sunday, there were suggestions that Clare weren’t too concerned about winning the game. After all, they were already assured of a place in the Division 1B final and win, lose or draw wasn’t going to change that. The result, however, could influence who their opponents in the final would be. Those who supported the view that Clare might prefer to lose the game had their belief strengthened when a team was named that did not include Pat Donnellan (captain), Nicky O’Connell, Conor McGrath, Cian Dillon, Brendan Bugler, Conor Cooney or John Conlon. If Clare had ideas about not winning this tie, then the players who were named for duty weren’t told. Two points behind with time ticking away, they refused to give in and were rewarded when Cathal Chaplin goaled a minute from the end of normal time. The winning point came from young Aaron Cunningham and it’s a score that earned him bragging rights in the Cunningham household this week. His father Alan is the Offaly coach this year. This won’t be remembered as a great game but for the Clare management team it provided an opportunity to see players in action that hadn’t got much game time in the league to date. Patrick Kelly (Clarecastle), Cathal Chaplin, Aaron Cunningham, Colm Galvin and Liam Markham all started their first league game of the campaign and this tie highlighted the determination of players to be retained in the squad for the season. Clare made the better start and was 0-3 to 0-1 in front by the sixth minute. The first major talking point came two minutes later when full-forward and captain for the day, Fergal Lynch, was sent off following an off-the-ball incident with the Offaly captain David Kenny. Referee John Sexton consulted with his umpires before producing a red card for the Clooney-Quin man. Clare should have been dealt a further blow a minute later when Conor Mahon broke through but with only goalkeeper Donal Tuohy to beat, he shot wide of the target. The sides exchanged points on four occasions in the next 15 minutes before Clare hit threein-a-row to go into a five-point lead, 0-10 to 0-5 as half-time ap-

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(Above) ■ Captain Pat Donnellan was not named among the team last weekend. (Left) ■ Aaron Cunningham earned bragging rights over Offaly coach and father Alan, by scoring the winning point.

proached. A brace of Shane Dooley points from frees narrowed the margin to three and it could have been closer but Patrick Kelly made a timely interception when the home side looked like they might get in for a goal. At the end of the half it was 0-10 to 0-7 in Clare’s favour and it’s worth noting that it was the visitors who looked like they had the extra man in that first half. Clare resumed with Stephen O’Halloran at wing-back, releasing Enda Barrett for duty at wing-forward in place of Caimin Morey while Bryan Donnellan came in at midfield for Colm Galvin. There clearly was more urgency in Offaly’s play after the break and after the teams had exchanged points, three pointed frees by Shane Dooley had the sides level (0-11 each) seven minutes into the half. They took the lead for the first time five minutes later through substitute Colin Egan but at the mid point of the half, Clare were back in front after Bryan Donnellan crashed the ball to the corner of the net. The midlanders fought back again and after Dooley levelled from a free, they went back in front through Joe Bergin before they were awarded a penalty that Dooley, to

the surprise of many, opted to tap over the bar with eight minutes remaining. Eight minutes still remained in the game and seven of these elapsed before the next score that proved crucial. It fell to the visitors and to Cathal Chaplin who fired home Clare’s second goal. Substitute Cathal Parlon responded with an Offaly point to level matters but the final score fell to Aaron Cunningham which sealed a one point win for Clare and sees them maintain their 100% record in this campaign. James McInerney, at full-back, Domhnaill O’Donovan, Patrick Kelly and Enda Barrett, when he was at wing-back, were among the more prominent performers for the winners. David Kenny, Derek Morkan, when he moved to midfield, Joe Bergin and Shane Dooley did best for the home side. ■ Clare: Donal Tuohy; Eamonn Glynn, James McInerney, Domhnaill O’Donovan; Enda Barrett, Patrick O’Connor, Patrick Kelly; Colm Galvin, Liam Markham; Caimin Morey, Colin Ryan, Cathal Chaplin; Aaron Cunningham, Fergal Lynch, Cathal McInerney. Subs: Bryan Donnellan for Galvin (half-time); Stephen O’Halloran for Morey (half-time); Eoin Hayes

for McInerney (57 minutes). Scorers: Colin Ryan (0-7, 6f); Bryan Donnellan, Cathal Chaplin (1-0 each); Cathal McInerney, Aaron Cunningham (0-2 each); Caimin Morey, Patrick Kelly, Liam Markham (0-1 each). Frees for: 13 wides: 9 65s: 1 Bookings: Patrick Kelly (45 minutes); Patrick O’Connor (56 minutes); Donal Tuohy (60 minutes). Sent off: Fergal Lynch (8 minutes). ■ Offaly: James Dempsey; David Franks, David Kenny, Chris McDonald; Barry Harding, Derek Morkan, James Rigney; Diarmuid Horan, Brendan Murphy; Joe Bergin, Conor Mahon, Dermot Mooney; Shane Dooley, Ger Healion, Sean Ryan. Subs: Eanna Murphy for Mooney (28 minutes); Colin Egan for Healion (half-time); Thomas Carroll for Ryan (45 minutes); Cathal Parlon for Carroll (55 minutes). Scorers: Shane Dooley (0-12, 9f, 1 65); Joe Bergin (0-3), Derek Morkan, Sean Ryan, Colin Egan, Cathal Parlon (0-1 each). Frees for: 18 wides: 10 65s: 1 Bookings: Joe Bergin (45 minutes); Chris McDonald (54 minutes). ■ Referee: John Sexton, Cork.

Baker backs Dooley’s decision to go for goal OFFALY manager Ollie Baker was disappointed with the result of Sunday’s game “considering that we gave away a late goal again”. “Our lads came back after that and levelled but we were a bit unlucky towards the end,” he said, adding, “A refereeing decision near the end could have gone another way on another day but that is just part of the game, I suppose. We were chasing a goal near the end. Our league campaign is over now and we just look forward to the championship”.

Pressure is on Banner County – Allen

Baker felt Offaly dominated the second half but, “just couldn’t get the scores, get the cushion to go three or four points up. They got the goal and that was that.” Should Shane Dooley have tried for a goal when Offaly were awarded a penalty eight minutes from time? “If he got the goal it was the right decision and if he missed t’was wrong. You leave it to the player to make the decision. It was the right one at the time and it put us two points

up,” came the reply. According to the midlander’s boss, “the result up in Casement Park had a bearing on our play for the last five minutes when Limerick were so far ahead and we needed scores”. Team coach, Wolfe Tones’ Alan Cunningham felt Offaly “had the chances in the second half. In fairness to Shane Dooley, he’s a poacher. He went for a goal near the end and if he’d got it t’was great. When the ball came out from the clearance, we weren’t set,

they got the break and the goal. It was looking like we needed to win by three or four points anyway. We were getting word from behind us. As it turned out a three-point win would have done us”. “We are very disappointed with our performance. Clare finished with nine or ten non-regulars and we had an extra man and didn’t beat them. We can’t be happy with that. They have a league final next week and everyone of those young fellas were playing for a place in the final,” he said.

THE pressure is on Clare heading into Saturday’s Division 1B hurling league final against Limerick. That’s the view of Limerick manager John Allen told The Clare Champion this week that “Clare are the form team who have done all of the donkey work on the way to this final. They are under more pressure than us to deliver”. That said, the Cork man promised Limerick won’t go down without a battle. “We won’t be turning up just to make up the numbers. It’s all on the night but the reality is that Clare are the form team,” he said. “We had two very close contests in the Waterford Crystal competition earlier in the season,” Allen continued, “but they were well ahead of us in all facets of play when we met in the league. From what we have seen so far, they are well ahead of all of the teams in this league”. “They are the only team in Division 1A and 1B with full points. They have a lot of very good young players who are extremely fit and very well trained”. Stressing that he wasn’t “just building up Clare”, he went on to say his comments were based “on the facts”. “They went to Offaly last Sunday with many of their first choice players missing and they won. We could only manage a draw with Offaly a week earlier.” Allen was pragmatic about the fact that Limerick won promotion to the top division last year but subsequently found themselves in Division 1B when the league was re-drawn. “What’s gone is gone. That was last year. There are different regimes in both counties now. The fact is that Limerick haven’t performed anywhere near the standard of Clare this year,” he said. The Limerick boss has a number of injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s final. “Declan Hannon is receiving treatment for a groin injury which is not responding to treatment and at this stage he has no chance of playing. Conor Allis is a major doubt after picking up an injury last week when Com Condon had to retire due to injury and he is also doubtful.” According to the Cork man “it’s all on the night” and his promise that Limerick are not there to make up the numbers clearly indicates the determination of the Shannonsiders to confirm last year’s final result over their neighbours.

Victory was deserved claims Fitzgerald

CLARE wanted to “test the strength and depth in the panel” and that’s the reason they made a big number of changes for Sunday’s game against Offaly. That’s according to team boss Davy Fitzgerald who said after the game that his charges “deserved to win”. “We missed a lot in the first half but we were the better team,” he said. “We played with 14 for the majority of the game and we were missing a good few. It’s another match won and we have 27 players who have started for us in this campaign. There aren’t many counties who have started 27 players in the league this season and we are happy with that,” the Clare boss said. The Sixmilebridge man expected Shane Dooley would go for goal from the penalty near the end. “Look, from our point of view, we are happy with the young fellas coming in and doing the business. There is good character there and we have won all our games on the way to the final. It’s Limerick again and there won’t be anything in it this time. Limerick will be like men possessed following the result from our first round meeting. This will be as good as any championship game this year and we will have our work cut out in this one but it’s one that I am looking forward to,” said the Clare boss. “Winning this one is important to us. As I have said on a number of occasions, this group is way harder than in the last two years. We have won all our games so far but this is the one we want to win. We know that this is going to be really tough but we are looking forward to it,” he concluded.

The Clare Champion - Apr 6 2012  

The Clare Champion - Apr 6 2012

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